Big Chelsea signings can convince Hazard to choose Chelsea over Madrid, says Ballack

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Michael Ballack has called on Antonio Conte to splash the cash to convince Eden Hazard to stay at Chelsea andreject a move to Real Madrid.

Hazard is happy at Stamford Bridge, but Madrid feel that they can make an offerto convince Chelsea to sellthe Belgium international as the European champions look to add another galactico to a squad that alreadycontains Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

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Chelsea are expected to spend heavilythemselves this summer, withAlexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata identified as just three of the club's targets.

Ballack, who spent four seasons at Stamford Bridge, thinks that new signings may help to show the club's ambition and convinceHazard to stay in west London.

"Any club in the world wants to have him," saidBallack, speaking on behalf of BT Sport to Goal."If Real Madrid wants to spend so much money then that shows how good he is but he has to make sure he knows what he has at Chelsea.

"If we talk about winning the Champions League, of course, Real Madrid is ahead because Chelsea aren't in the competition yet. It could be a factor for a player to know, that his club will spend, tosign those two or three players [to get to the next level].

HD Eden Hazard
HD Eden Hazard

"To show their existing key players, to see that they can be happy with that squad, right now [andtrust] the squadto prove what they can do. That's something that he should look at as well.

"He is a superstar in that team and, of course, Chelsea is always a team that looks to win the Champions League as well. The club always looks to make sure that the club is strong enough to achieve that target. If you are a main player and a key player in that team, that's something you will think about."

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Hazard went on a 356-day goal drought in the Premier League last season, but he is back to his best and is one of the front runners to win the PFA Player of the Year award. Ballack thinks that a move to Real Madrid may not guarantee success for Hazard.

"He had a difficult year last year where he seemed at times to not be as motivated," Ballack, who retired in 2012 after an illustrious careerwhich saw him win titles at Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Kaiserslautern,added."He didn't enjoy his football that much compared to this season. It looks like that watching him on the pitch.

Eden Hazard Chelsea Dynamo Kiev
Eden Hazard Chelsea Dynamo Kiev

"If you fight for years to be in that position and you want to make a move, especially in this case to Real Madrid, everything would start again new for him. Of course, [he can do it] he has that quality, but next to him will be one, two, threeof a different calibre.

"He will have to fight for his place again in that team. We know the history of players at Real Madrid and things are not easy at that club. It is a fantastic club though and I can't give him advice, he must decide it. There will be money involved for the player, from the clubs, everyone will have to be happy from that side [for it to happen]."

Meanwhile, Ballack will be attending Chelsea's game Manchester City at Stamford Bridge as part of his work with British broadcasterBT Sport and he believes that the upcoming match may bring lots of goals.

"It is a big match with different expectations [for both teams]. Chelsea are leading the league and they want to protect first place, especially after defeat at the weekend, they want to prove again that they are right at the top of the league.

"Manchester City are fighting for the Champions League place, that's a really tricky game for both. They are two fantastic teams with a lot of fantastic individual players, so there will be a lot of quality on the pitch and hopefully we will see some goals and some offensive football."

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