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Former Chelsea midfielder Tony Cascarino believes Chelsea have a stronger squad than both Arsenal and Manchester United despite selling Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this summer.
The Belgian captain left Chelsea for Real Madrid this summer after helping Chelsea win the Europa League.
According to Cascarino, Chelsea still have a strong squad with N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic in the squad.
“I may have been sounding caution to the Chelsea board but don’t get me wrong — [Lampard] still has a host of star players and lots of established internationals,” Cascarino wrote in The Times.
“I think the squad is stronger than Arsenal’s and Manchester United’s even without Eden Hazard.
“N’Golo Kanté is one of the world’s best midfielders, Kepa Arrizabalaga is a talented young goalkeeper and Willian and new signing Christian Pulisic will be a threat to any team.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes Chelsea have the players to cope with Hazard’s departure to Real Madrid.
Asked about the impact of Hazard’s move to Madrid at his opening press conference, Lampard replied: “From the outside – and I wasn’t here at the time – but it seemed like something that was important to Eden personally. I think the club and the fans respected that.
“He left on a very good note as a Chelsea fan and someone who played with him and watched from afar he gave this club such great times individually in his input. We were thankful he was here.
“It’s not one to dwell on. He’s gone. We wish him well. He’s a great player. It’s important now what we do and how we take the club forward.
“You lose a great player of course but then how do you get around that? You work on the team.
“You look around at what you do have and what we have is already a very strong squad and young players at a really good age that have, not just potential, some of them have already shown it in the first team, but have the talent to I won’t say fill Eden Hazard’s boots, he’s very unique, but we have players that in there own way can be huge players.
“Some already are huge players and some that can get even better.
“Part of my job now will be to get that out of them and develop the great young players we have here.”