Lampard and Azpilicueta both have Chelsea messages for Real Madrid bound Hazard

Frank Lampard has admitted that he hopes that Chelsea will be able to cope without Eden Hazard.

There has been so many headlines about Hazard this season that it has been frustrating many fans, especially as all the talk has been about the Belgian packing his bags and leaving for Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Madrid are expected to make an official announcement following the Europa League final at the end of this month, with Hazard revealing that he has informed us of his decision a few weeks ago.

‘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.’

Meanwhile, Cesare Azpilicueta has admitted that the players will respect the decision by Eden Hazard to leave the club at the end of the season.

After a tough season for Italian boss Maurizio Sarri, the time has almost come for fans to find out whether or not their star man, Hazard, will be packing his bags and leaving the club in the summer window.

And although Azpilicueta would be disappointed to see the winger leave the club, he has admitted that the players will accept his decision, especially as they have his potential replacement Christian Pulisic already joining the club.

Azpilicueta told Sky Sports: “Obviously Eden is a very important player for us.

“We arrived here at the same time and obviously we want him to stay with us – but we have to respect his decision.

“He is a Chelsea player and his mind is only doing well with Chelsea and on lifting the trophy in Baku – and then we will see.”

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