Chelsea must find the way to make it to next year's UEFA Champions League if they want to stop Eden Hazard to make a summer move to Real Madrid, according to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
"It'll be difficult for Hazard if Chelsea aren't in the Champions League next season. That's why the game with Tottenham is every bit as vital as the Carabao Cup final, maybe even more," he told The Mirror.
The former Blues legend had already urged the Belgian to sign a long term deal with the team months ago, but it looks like he has no interest whatsoever in extending his stay at London.
Also, the 28-year-old has been flirting with Real Madrid for months and has even stated that everybody knows he'd love to play for the Spaniards.
Moreover, the forward said that he's already made a decision regarding his future, even though he's yet to make an official statement to clarify exactly what does he mean.
Also, Chelsea has just been served a 2-year transfer ban for breaking FIFA regulations relating the signings of more than 20 underage players, so keeping Hazard is going to be a huge priority for Maurizio Sarri's squad.
The Blues have already made it to the next round of Europa League's knockout stage, but they're currently sitting at the 6th spot of the Premier League table and Sarri's on the hot seat due to the team's recent struggles.