Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has told Maurizio Sarri side what they have to do in order to keep hold of Eden Hazard.

The Belgium international has been repeatedly linked with Real Madrid move with the Spanish revealed an interest in the playmaker.

The 27-year-old has also made it clear that he really wants to play for the European champions as it has been a dream for him since he was a kid.

For that reason, Ballack, who spent four seasons at Stamford Bridge, believes Chelsea must pay him a lot of money to keep him at the club.

“You have to pay him a lot of money!” Ballack explained when asked by Goal how Chelsea can stave off interest in the winger.

“But more importantly, you have to give him a vision. You have to tell him how important he is, ask him what he wants from the club and to give him a little bit more responsibility.”

“You need to find out what he wants as well, ask him if he’s happy. Of course, you want to win something and be as successful as possible as an individual player.”

“It is normal to look around and think, ‘With what club can I achieve that with?’ Everyone who loves Chelsea wants Hazard to stay. Chelsea is an ambitious club and it will always be possible that a coach and the players are competing at the highest level.”

“Only he can give the answer of what he wants for himself, his ambitions for the club and give signs. I always said he is an incredible player. From my perspective, he should have even more responsibility and even more impact on the team, not just to enjoy the individual freedom which he likes.”

“Players sometimes don’t want to have this heavy weight on their shoulders to carry the team or to get asked in certain situations to have that responsibility.”

“I think he is the player who should do that in that team. If you understand how important it is for yourself and for your game and you can handle it, then it will transfer to the team and you will take the next step.”

Hazard joined the West London side in 2012 from Lille and has since gone to score 97 goals in 313 appearances.

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