Frank Lampard has urged Maurizio Sarri to put his trust in Chelsea’s youngsters as his former club look to fill the void left by Real Madrid-bound Eden Hazard.
Reports in France claim that Hazard, 28, will become Madrid’s first ‘Galactico’ signing of the summer after the Spanish giants reached a €100 million (£86m) agreement with Chelsea for the attacker.
Madrid are expected to make an official announcement following the Europa League final at the end of this month. Hazard, who made history by winning every prize at Chelsea’s end-of-season awards, informed the club of his decision ‘weeks ago’.
The Belgian has been pushing for a switch ever since Zinedine Zidane – his childhood idol – returned as manager in March.
Though Lampard expects the forward’s departure to hit Chelsea hard, he’s 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,’ Lampard, now manager of Derby, told talkSPORT. ‘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 has urged Chelsea to ignore transfer business and focus their attentions on their Europa League final against Arsenal.
‘The Europa League final will be a huge game for them. To win a competition like that is always big,’ he said. ‘It’s going to be a tough game against Arsenal and then we will see with the transfer ban etc.
‘It’s always news at Chelsea. It’s always happening that way when you are a big club it tends to be that way. We will see. The players, manager and club’s objective now is to win that final, simple as that.’ He said.