Guus Hiddink has warned Eden Hazard to focus on recapturing his Chelsea form instead of batting his eyes at PSG or Real Madrid.
Hazard has recently spoken enthusiastically about both clubs and how he would be happy playing in Madrid or Paris.
‘It is hard to say no to PSG — as with all teams capable of winning the Champions League,’ Hazard told Le Parisien.
‘There is always uncertainty in football. If we stick to the contract, I’ll still be at Chelsea next season.’
As for Real Madrid, managed by Hazard’s hero Zinedine Zidane, he added:
‘It makes you want it as he was my idol when he was a player.
‘I want to work with the best coaches in the world. I don’t know if Zidane is already part of this category.’
Those comments have not gone down well at Stamford Bridge, where the 25-year-old Belgian has struggled for form this season and has not scored in the Barclays Premier League since April.
‘First he must get fit and show he is a top player and then for Chelsea, which is a top club, he can be of huge value” said Hiddink.
‘In the near future, there’ll be more speculation about who is coming here or who is going but I don’t go into that. He has a contract that he extended.’
Asked if elite players should go to France, where PSG dominate, Hiddink said:
‘Step by step, they’ve gathered a reputation that they are serious about being one of the biggest teams in Europe. But they are now ahead by 24 points.
‘Big, big, big players like to be in the biggest league — the Premier League and La Liga, and also the Bundesliga.’
The last comment is an interesting one by Hiddink. Will the lack of domestic competition eventually make PSG less desirable for top players? Without a domestic rival, PSG end up playing only a handful of competitive games all season, which just puts addressed pressure on the results of those games, as ultimately they are the ones that decide the trophies.