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Eden Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid this summer after seven years at Stamford Bridge.
Hazard left for a transfer fee of £88m, and the Belgian is now with the Spanish giants which he has often revealed is a dream move for him.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted that it’ll be difficult to replace a player like Hazard. Hazard is currently rated as one of the best players in the world, and Lampard believes the Belgian is irreplaceable.
Speaking ahead of the Super Cup final, Lampard said: “For me, clearly [Hazard is] one of the best players in world football and last season, but not just last season, over his time at Chelsea he was the most productive player in the team generally, in terms of assists and goals and a leader.
“You cannot replace him individually, I think it’s pretty much impossible because of the high, high level he is at now in his career.
“But the good news and the positive news for us and we must stay calm and be patient with this [is] we have a group of players, some younger players, some experienced players, that now have the opportunity to show that collectively and individually they can step up because yes, you are missing a huge amount of assists and goals, that’s clear.”
Lampard however believes that Chelsea can indeed move on, and that the Blues have done so in the past when the likes of Didier Drogba and John Terry left the club.
He went on: “The answer is as a team, we have to find a way to carry on because a football club like Chelsea will always carry on. Eden Hazard, John Terry, Didier Drogba, players move on and it’s down to the next players, the next manager.
“That’s our big challenge now, to say good luck to Eden Hazard and to carry on as Chelsea.”