Eden Hazard has fronted the reveal of Chelsea’s new kit for 2019-20, but speculation continues to suggest that he will not be around to wear it next season.
The Blues have made a point of including the Belgian forward in the launch of their latest home offering.
Hazard is noticeably the most prominent figure in the imagery released by the Premier League outfit.
There is, however, every chance that promotional photo shoot will be the only time the 28-year-old gets to grace Chelsea’s new design.
Introducing our 2019/20 @nikefootball home kit! ?
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 2, 2019
Hazard is being heavily linked with a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid and Goalunderstands he has his heart set on a switch to the Bernabeu.
And he has done little to publicly curb the speculation over his future, having aired his admiration for the Blancos and stopped short of committing to a contract with his current employers beyond the summer of 2020.
He is, however, committed to the Blues until at least the end of the season and has said of the club’s new kit, which is inspired by their surroundings at Stamford Bridge: “It’s our home. Every time we step out to play in front of our fans, it just feels right.
“We’ve created so many memories at the Bridge over the years so it’s only fitting that we pay tribute to such an iconic stadium through the jersey.”
Stamford Bridge has been home to Chelsea since 1905.
Various shots of the famous venue are woven into the club’s latest home shirt.
The Blues are, however, waiting to discover how long Hazard will call west London home, with Maurizio Sarri’s side wanting £100 million ($131m) from Madrid for their star man.
Hazard and Chelsea face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday.
Europe’s secondary competition could prove vital for Sarri’s hopes of landing a spot in next season’s Champions League, with the Blues not yet sure of a place in the Premier League’s top four.
With just two league games to go, Chelsea occupy fourth place although Arsenal and Manchester United could yet capitalise on any potential dropped points with games against Watford and Leicester City to follow.
Should they advance past Frankfurt and then beat either Arsenal or Valencia in the Europa League final, however, they would then guarantee themselves a place in Europe’s premier club competition next season.