Lampard reacts to Hazard’s ‘imminent’ move to Real Madrid
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is hopeful is former side can cope without Eden Hazard should the Belgian complete his summer move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Hazard has been heavily linked with a move to Los Blancos and reports suggest that Madrid will announce his signature after the Europa League final. And Lampard has urged Maurizio Sarri to put trust in youngsters. The 28-year-old who has been pushing for a since Zinedine Zidane returned to the club, has already informed the club of his decision according to reports. The Derby County head coach has admitted Hazard’s departure will hit the club hard but he is confident Sarri has young players to help cope with the loss.
“He’s in the top few players in the world. I think we all know that’ Lampard. 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,” said the Derby boss.
"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,” he added.
Lampard has also urged his former side to ignore transfer business and focus on their Europa League final against London rivals Arsenal.
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