Former Chelsea midfielder, Frank Lampard, has urged manager Maurizio Sarri to put his trust in the club’s youngsters, when Eden Hazard eventually leaves for Real Madrid.
Reports claim Hazard, 28, will become Madrid’s first signing of the summer, after the Spanish giants reached a €100million (£86m) agreement for the Belgian.
Madrid are expected to make an official announcement, following the Europa League final at the end of this month.
Although Lampard expects Hazard’s departure to hit Chelsea hard, he is confident Sarri has the young players to help cope with his loss.
“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,” Lampard, now manager of Derby, told talkSPORT.