Chelsea Transfer News: Eden Hazard and Oscar Must Resist PSG Lure

Jason Pettigrove@@jaypetti1971Contributor IMarch 26, 2014

Eden Hazard and Oscar can fulfil their professional desires in West London.
Eden Hazard and Oscar can fulfil their professional desires in West London.Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Oscar are being primed for a move to the French capital and a link-up with former colleagues at Paris Saint-Germain.

According to Ian Holyman of ESPN FC, Hazard's ex-Lille colleague Yohan Cabaye, and Oscar's former Sao Paulo team-mate Lucas, would welcome the chance to play alongside the Premier League stars.

During a video chat organised via PSG, Cabaye told fans, per ESPN FC:

Hazard is 'the' player for Chelsea. [...] He can make the difference at any time, be dangerous with each acceleration. But everyone knows that. [...]

Hazard is the player I'd like to see at PSG. He would do a lot of good to Paris and the league. He's one of the best players against whom I've played. 

Lucas was equally as effusive in his praise of Oscar and told (French) via ESPN FC:

Oscar is a very good player. A rare talent in today's football, given his qualities. I would be very happy if he came here to PSG. I think he would help us a lot. The more quality players there are, the better it is for the squad. Also, he's a very good friend of mine. I would be very happy if he came to PSG, the club too.

It's unlikely Blues manager Jose Mourinho will be happy at a thinly veiled attempt to turn his star players' heads, especially given the position his side currently find themselves in.

With just seven games of Chelsea's Premier League season left, the Portuguese will want all of his charges to be fully focused on the job in hand, with no distractions.

Clearly, the thought of playing alongside the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva would be seductive for any player. As would a life in the cosmopolitan French capital.

Playing alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Edinson Cavani has it's appeal.
Playing alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Edinson Cavani has it's appeal.Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

Yet, both players should find that their personal and professional desires can be met quite easily in West London.

Mourinho has the Blues working well with Stamford Bridge their fortress once again, and Hazard continues to be a big part of why they currently sit atop the Premier League tree.

Per, Hazard has registered two goals, two assists and two man-of-the-match accolades in his last five games, evidence of a player at the top of his game—and comfortable in his surroundings.

A darling of the Stamford Bridge faithful, why would Hazard feel the need to give that all up? To move his family for perhaps no other reason than an increase in salary?

Ciaran Hughes of noted of Chelsea's talisman:

Hazard has certainly been one of the players of the season and the stats below speak for themselves. He’s been the 2nd most creative player in the league with only David Silva ahead of him creating a chance every 33.84 minutes whilst creating 5 goals and 7 clear-cut chances for his team mates.

Oscar too is enjoying a sterling season, and Mourinho had no doubt back in September as to the player's importance to his side, per Matt McGeehan of The Independent:

In this moment, Oscar is my number 10 and, if somebody tells me that Oscar is not Chelsea's best player since the beginning of the season, I'd have to disagree.

I want to build with Oscar as my number 10. I want the other two players, from the side (wings), to adapt to that reality and to learn how to do things that they were not ready to do before.

With the Champions League quarter-final fast approaching, both players will get to see firsthand the diligence and professionalism that PSG bring to the table.

Domestically, however, there is barely anyone to challenge the French side at the top of Ligue 1. They remain 10 points ahead of second-place Monaco and 19 ahead of Lille in third.

By contrast, in the strongest league in the world and the most exciting title race for years, both Hazard and Oscar remain among the top performers.

They already have their star billing and should have some professional pride. PSG simply don't offer anything different, and if either player wants to be considered the best on the planet, Ligue 1 is not the proving ground.


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