'I'll give up my season ticket if Chelsea sell Hazard!'

Eden Hazard, Chelsea
The Belgium international has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid but Ray Wilkins has implored the winger to stay at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins says he will sell his season ticket if Antonio Conte’s side part with Eden Hazard this summer, such is his importance to the club.

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Newspaper reports have linked Hazard with a £100 million move to Real Madrid, with Zinedine Zidane’s men reportedly identifying the Belgium international as their next ‘Galactico’ signing.

Despite Spanish outlets claiming that Chelsea are willing to negotiate a sale, Goal understands that Hazard is happy at Stamford Bridge, and has no desire to push for a move.

Nevertheless, Wilkins has implored his former club – for whom he has worked as a player and a coach – to do everything they can to retain the 26-year-old.

"I would imagine Mr Abramovich would not even consider any offer that comes in,” Wilkins said on Sky Sports News. "You cannot replace him. If they sell him I'll give up my season ticket. He's that important."

Hazard has scored 11 goals in 26 Premier League games this season, with the Blues 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham at the top of the table.

And Wilkins believes that the star is now among the top five players in the world.

He added: "It looks a very good front page, but that's about as far as it goes.

"For Chelsea to lose Hazard, who is one of the five best players on the planet, they would have to replace this guy and he is irreplaceable at this moment in time.

"He's a wonderfully gifted footballer and why would Chelsea want to give him up? I don't see there's any money out there. Roman Abramovich has an enormous amount of money himself.

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"I couldn't give a monkey's what they offer. Chelsea wish to be the best club on the planet and they're heading in the right direction.

"What they've done over the past 10-12 years has been nothing short of phenomenal, so if you want to be the best why sell the best? They'll never get there if they sell Eden Hazard, who has been absolutely brilliant."