If Eden Hazard wants to move to one of Europe's elite clubs then he will have to prove his worth at Chelsea, according to Guus Hiddink.
Last season's PFA Player of the Year has been linked with a move to Real Madrid or Paris Saint Germain after struggling for form this term and failing to net for the Blues in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho talked up the Belgian wing wizard saying that he should be challenging Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon D'or.
However, interim Chelsea boss Hiddink also questioned the player's desire and whether he will be able to recover from this season.
“Not him specifically but if someone is planning their career, four years at Chelsea then more years at a big club they have to show it at the current time where he is playing now,” Hiddink said.
“Everything I say is not to criticise him but they are different characters (to Messi, Ronaldo).
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"If you see his skills, see him training when he does spontaneous actions like he did this week,his training was very light and his movement by nature is perfect so the conditions are there but also the condition how does he cope and react to the season he has had now?
“He can be on a very high level but it is not just the skills by nature but if I say desire, I am not saying he doesn’t have it but he is very quiet person and you cannot read always his mind.
“He has a contract for more years, what can I say? That is something for upcoming management.
“One expresses himself different than others so must be careful on judgement because he is a bit more introvert person.
"They might look like they don’t have desire to play in your team when another one is passion but the next period will be very interesting for him, in this season and in Europe in upcoming seasons but I hope he uses his quality so he doesn’t think too far ahead.”
Hiddink has managed a wealth of talent across Europe but stated that he has never seen a drop in form quite like Hazard's this season.
Last season Hazard was at the forefront of everything good at Stamford Bridge as they were crowned Premier League Champions under Jose Mourinho.
The Belgian netted 14 times and recorded nine assists as Chelsea stormed the league but this season has just three assists to his name as the Blues have struggled for form.
“Not so drastically (in my career can I remember a drop like Hazard), because he was number one and now he is at the end of a long list of players,” he said.
“Last year everything was beautiful and this year everything dark. So the contrast for him is huge.
“Normally you have beautiful season and it is difficult to get a second season like that but not as drastically as he is experiencing now.”