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Manchester City Set Sights On In Demand Chelsea Superstar: Should He Move To The Etihad?

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Diptanil Roy
Diptanil used to be a columnist of The 4th Official. Knows German and not afraid to use it on you.

Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to Manchester City. The Citizens are ready to pay a massive amount for the winger to outbid Real Madrid from the deal. It seems to have hit City hard by missing out on Alexis Sanchez and they are ready to correct their mistakes by bringing in Hazard. The Belgium National Team captain joined the Blues back in the summer of 2012. In his five year spell at the club, Chelsea has seen the worst and the best of Hazard and interestingly the form of the club has reflected the form of the player, such is the importance of the winger in the team.

On the day when Hazard plays, he is on par with the best in the world and cannot be touched let alone caught on the field. He dances and dazzles his way through and weaves a wave of magic on the pitch on his way to goal leaving fans and players mesmerized. However, such days are short in number and inconsistency is perhaps the only complaint any manager can have with the player.

Hazard is most dangerous when he has the ball on his feet and teammates rallying around him. Developments of different managerial patterns in the existing game would then suggest that the best place for Hazard right now would be Etihad where a certain Pep Guardiola is deploying another master class of attacking display to win the league title. Guardiola known for his attacking prowess as a manager and the habit of playing teams who can hold on to the ball for weeks at a time would be a perfect mentor for Hazard to realize his true potential and turn on his best game for the world to see.

However, even though a move to Manchester City, as is being reported, is on the cards for Eden Hazard, and a chance to flourish under Pep’s tutelage may seem tempting, he would be wise to decline the offer. The reason for this is that at Manchester the main problem would be the case of too many cooks. City already have an array of attackers and it would be almost impossible for them to draft another world-class player into their squad without adding an extra bench for their substitutes.

Hazard gets regular time at Chelsea and it would be a step down for a player of his calibre to move to any team where he would have to share his time on the pitch especially when he is at the prime of his career. 

Moreover, it is highly unbelievable that Antonio Conte would ever allow his best player to switch clubs to join a direct rival. No matter how good a dribbler Hazard is, he will not be able to weave his magic past the Italian Don.

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