‘How do Chelsea replace Eden Hazard? They can’t’: Glenn Hoddle claims winger deserves Real Madrid move as he slams ‘poor’ Chelsea for lacking leadership in Slavia Prague win
- Glenn Hoddle believes Chelsea won’t be able to replace Eden Hazard if he leaves
- The Belgium winger has been heavily linked with a summer move to Real Madrid
- Hoddle said: ‘I can see Hazard in a white shirt next season and really enjoying it’
- The former Blue also slammed Chelsea for lackluster 1-0 win in the Czech capital
Eden Hazard has been branded irreplaceable by Glenn Hoddle as speculation continues to mount over his future at Chelsea.
The Belgium winger has long been the subject of intense interest from Real Madrid and his recent purple patch has done little to subside the rumours.
Maurizio Sarri turned to him on Thursday night as the Blues limped over the line in their Europa League quarter-final first leg against Slavia Prague and although he did not influence the game directly, Hoddle believes it would be disastrous for the club to lose a player of his caliber.
Glenn Hoddle believes Chelsea could not replace Eden Hazard if he left to join Real Madrid
‘If [Lionel] Messi hangs up his boots how do Barcelona replace him? Hazard is not in that category but how do Chelsea replace him, they can’t,’ he told BT Sport.
‘I don’t see anyone out there who can do what Hazard does for Chelsea week in, week out. I can see him in a white shirt next season and really enjoying his football there.
‘Next week against Liverpool, if those two full backs play, he’s going to have to almost play as a defender and you don’t get that in Spain. Personally I hope he stays.
Hoddle said: ‘I don’t see anyone who can do what Hazard does for Chelsea week in, week out’
‘He is enjoying his football at Chelsea because if he wasn’t playing in a team that passes the ball and move around he would have left already and I think that’s what’s pulling on his heart strings a little bit.
‘He really has to think “do I want to go and play for Real Madrid, one of the best teams in the world”, he deserves to because he is a wonderful player. I think he will go, but is he joining them at the wrong time because Real Madrid have a lot of rebuilding to do.’
Hazard’s future is thought to be dependent on whether or not Chelsea qualify for Champions League football next season.
Marcos Alonso scored a late winner for Chelsea against Slavia Prague in their first-leg game
Chelsea currently occupy third position and despite needing Marcos Alonso to bail them out in the Czech capital, Hoddle believes winning the Europa League is their best chance.
He added: ‘I don’t think this Chelsea team were there mentally all evening and they’ve got away with it. They didn’t have that leadership tonight. I thought they were really poor.
‘But I think this is the easiest route for Chelsea to get into the Champions League. They have got some tough games in the Premier League so if I’m this manager, I’m playing my strongest team in this competition. I think they could do it that way, I really do.’
Hoddle believes Chelsea can qualify for Champions League by winning the Europa League