Supporters of Chelsea have flooded to social media this evening to urge their club to do everything possible to keep hold of Eden Hazard beyond the summer.
Chelsea vs West Ham
Maurizio Sarri’s men welcomed West Ham to Stamford Bridge a short time ago, for a Premier League clash.
The Blues headed into proceedings on the back of a morale-boosting week, which saw Chelsea pick up an impressive 3-0 victory over Brighton, and both Manchester United and Arsenal fall to deserved defeats.
As such, ahead of kick-off this evening, the capital giants were aware that another 3-point haul would see them, at least temporarily, leapfrog both Arsenal and Tottenham into 3rd.
Chelsea march on
And, when all was said and done at Stamford Bridge, secure a crucial victory was precisely what Chelsea managed.
The game’s opening goal came with 25 minutes on the clock, courtesy of a moment of individual brilliance from Eden Hazard.
After picking up the ball just beyond the centre-circle, the Belgian burst forward with purpose, breezing by a pair of challenges, making use of his near-unmatched combination of quick feet and balance to beat another two men, before rifling home a goal of the season contender with his left foot.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 8, 2019
And Hazard was back at it again with just minutes remaining in the clash, latching on to a Ross Barkley ball to the back-post with immaculate control, before rifling home into the far corner beyond Łukasz Fabiański.
His goals aside, though, Hazard was also, by some distance, the standout performer throughout the 90 minutes in London tonight.
The 28-year-old looked dangerous every time he picked up the ball, dancing past West Ham defenders as though they weren’t there, picking the right ball time and time again and, all told, proving why, on his day, he is the finest attacker the Premier League has to offer.
As such, the latest world-class performance on the part of their star man has since seen Chelsea’s fans take to Twitter in absolute numbers, to plead with the club’s board to do everything in their power to keep hold of the Belgian.
Hazard is widely-expected to depart Stamford Bridge for Spanish giants Real Madrid this summer.
‘Mortgage the stadium’
Evidently, though, based on the reaction across social media tonight, this is not an outcome which the Chelsea faithful are ready to accept:
Sell your yachts and private jets and keep Hazard for us @RomanAbramovich
— Teeza (@TeezaPicasso) April 8, 2019
We can have all the money in the world if your not getting messi your not getting any better than Eden hazard so fuck it keep him one more year and let him go on a free
— Callum jack (@_CallumJack) April 8, 2019
Can’t something just be done to keep this magician HAZARD at Chelsea..plz someone do something
— GODWIN FAVOUR aka WYZE (@GodwinWyze1) April 8, 2019
CFC Board Abramovich Marina: break the bank to keep Hazard. Well worth every penny.
— EnergyToLove (@energytl) April 8, 2019
Chelsea should bloody offer Hazard a £1m a week contract. Keep him at the club by every means possible. He is the only reason why this club is still competitive. Take him out and we’ll be another Crystal Palace.
— Uzochi Okoroma (@Uzochi_O) April 8, 2019
Chelsea, if there’s anything you can do, if it means giving Hazard $500k weekly, please do to keep him. He’s our priceless jewel. We ought to adore him as much as Barcelona adores Messi.@ChelseaFC
— Son Of Man (@chukygeorge) April 8, 2019
Man I would do anything to keep hazard 😭😭😭 please don’t go to Madrid
— Dean Coleman (@dean_c96) April 8, 2019
Give him a new contract signing bonus of 10mill and a contract worth 350,000 pounds a week.Throw Willian and Pedro out and make Odoi the second in command. I would seriously mortgage the stadium to keep Hazard.
— Chelseafrustrated (@Chelseafrustra1) April 8, 2019
Chelsea better do everything in their power to keep Hazard
— T_NASH_ (@Nash__V) April 8, 2019
Calling Roman Abramovich,
Please come and break the bank to keep Hazard, offer him whatever the fuck he wants!!
Every Chelsea fan on the planet
— London is Blue (@BLUE_BLOOD_CFC) April 8, 2019