Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has urged the club to make use of young talent next season if Eden Hazard leaves the club. The future of Hazard at Stamford Bridge is the subject of speculation with the attacking maestro set to publically announce his decision after the Europa League final against Arsenal later this month.
In all probability, he will be leaving. If he was staying, he would have signed a contract extension, which has not been done. Hazard has once again been the star performer for Chelsea this season, scoring 16 goals and recording 15 assists from 37 games.
Hazard has been a good servant for the Blues since his arrival at the club from Lille back in 2012. The West London giants cannot really fault him if he chooses to leave now. He is now at the peak of his career and will want to win the Champions League; unfortunately, it does not look like he will be able to do that soon if he remains at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues may not be able to sign any new players this summer as a result of their two-window transfer ban. This means that they will not be able to bring in a replacement for Hazard straight away if he does leave. As a result, Lampard has urged the club to use their young talent if the Belgian does depart.
‘He’s in the top few players in the world. I think we all know that,” Lampard told talkSPORT.
“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.”