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Eden Hazard’s future as a Chelsea player is uncertain, as the Belgian has told the club to buy quality players and play an attacking brand of football if he is to remain at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has stressed Chelsea cannot afford to lose Hazard in the upcoming transfer window and has highlighted the Belgium international’s importance for the Stamford Bridge side.

“I do not want to say Chelsea should pay him whatever he wants, because I do not know the numbers,” Lampard exclusively told Goal during the BBC Media Day.

“But in terms of the player, if you are a Chelsea fan, you want Hazard to stay. He is a world-class player, without a doubt. He is a talisman of the club, because he is magic, when a game is tied, he normally steps up to change things. He can create something out of nothing and I think he is fantastic.

“If you want to keep moving forward, you need to keep players like Hazard if you can and then add to it around him.

“I obviously hope he stays, but in terms of pay, do not ask me… That is for them to deal with.”

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