Ross Barkley hopes that Eden Hazard can resist the lure of Real Madrid and commit his long-term future to Chelsea.
Speaking after the Blues’ 3-0 win over Southampton on Sunday, in which both the Belgian and Barkley scored and assisted, Hazard said: “Real Madrid is the best club in the world. It is my dream since I was a kid. We will see.”
Barkley, however, is desperate for the 27-year-old to pledge his future to Maurizio Sarri’s side and continue to light up Stamford Bridge for years to come.
“He’s a magnificent player,” Barkley told a media conference.
“It’s important [he stays] because he’s been at Chelsea for a long time. He’s achieved so much. But I can’t speak for Eden.
Like Hazard, Barkley has enjoyed a fine start to the season and has been rewarded with a call-up to England’s squad for their upcoming Nations League games against Croatia and Spain.
Barkley has not played for the Three Lions since May 2016 and attributes his renaissance to a new-found maturity.
“I feel like I have matured as a person, understood what football is and taken little details on as I have done under the manager [Sarri]. Things are going really well for me now and I’m fully focused on improving and kicking on.”