Frank Lampard has admitted that losing Eden Hazard would be a big blow for Chelsea FC in the summer transfer window.
The 28-year-old playmaker has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, and that speculation has heightened even more in recent days.
Hazard is widely regarded as one of European football’s top attacking talents and he has been an important player for Maurizio Sarri’s team this season.
The former Lille forward has scored 16 goals and made 15 assists in 37 Premier League games for the Blues to help them seal a third-placed finish in Sarri’s first campaign in charge.
It remains to be seen whether Hazard will indeed leave Chelsea FC this summer, but former Blues midfielder Lampard has admitted that the playmaker will be difficult to replace.
Speaking on talkSPORT, as quoted by Metro, Lampard said: “He’s in the top few players in the world. I think we all know that.
“We’ve seen him in the Premier League and he has been a joy to have. He was a joy to play with. I knew his potential from day one when he trained at Chelsea a few years ago now.
“Of course it will be disappointing to lose him for the Premier League but particularly Chelsea.
“You don’t replace Eden Hazard, you have to find ways around it whether it be some of the younger players or the team.
“That’s if you are going to lose him, we don’t know that for sure yet but it seems it might happen.”
Chelsea FC will look to end the season on a high when they take on Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku on 29 May.
If it is indeed Hazard’s final game for the west London club, then the playmaker will be eager to help the Blues secure silverware by beating their London rivals.
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