Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has urged Maurizio Sarri to put his trust in youngsters to feel the gap that will be left after the departure of Eden Hazard.
Reports from France suggested that Real Madrid have already agreed to sign Chelsea superstar for €100 million (£86m) ahead of the next season.
The Los Blancos are expected to make an official announcement after Chelsea their last game of the season against Arsenal in the Europe League final.
Belgium forward who made history by winning every prize at Stamford Bridge end-of-season awards informed the teams of his decision earlier last week.
The 28-year-old forward has been pushing for a move to Santiago Bernabeu ever since Zidane – his childhood idol made a return to the club.
Though Lampard expects that Hazard’s departure to hit the Blues hard, he’s confident Maurizio Sarri has enough talent to fill the gap.
‘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.’
Hazard has been in stunning form this season founding back of the 16-times and providing 15-assists in the English top-tier.
Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek will only sign a new long-term deal with the Blues if they assure him of a regular first-team football next campaign.
The 23-year-old midfielder is a huge fan favourite at Chelsea, however, has started only six Premier League games this season.
England international midfielder has played regularly in the Europa League and the West London club are eager to tie the Loftus-Cheek to a new contract – his current deal expires in 2021.
However, the Sun reports that 23-year-old midfielder will only extend his stay at Stamford Bridge if he is given guarantees to play regular first-team football.
English midfielder feels he deserved to play regular first-team football under Maurizio Sarri and could wait to see how the Blues transfer ban plays out. Fifa turned down the West London club’s appeal of their two-window ban, however, Maurizio Sarri’s side are expected to take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
If the Blues are blocked from securing services of any new players in the next two transfer windows, they will be forced to rely on their homegrown talent and Loftus-Cheek has been one of them and his fine form in the recent games gives the Blues hope to have a bright future.
The Blues will offer Loftus-Cheek a lucrative new contract and the Englishman is expected to start against their direct Premier League rivals Arsenal in the Europa League final.
English midfielder has played a vital role in the Blues run to the final, founding back of the net in the semi-final second leg against Bundesliga outfits Eintracht Frankfurt.
Championship club Aston Villa are reportedly planning to make a £25m offer for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham when the transfer window will be re-opened in the summer.
England international has spent the majority of the 2018/19 season on loan at the Villa park, with scoring 26 goals in 38 appearences in the second tier.
The 21-year-old forward will return to Stamford Bridge at the end of Villa’s playoff campaign, however, it appears that the team’s owners keen on to secure an immediate reunion.
According to The Telegraph, Aston Villa are prepared to pay around £25m to secure services of Abraham on a permanent basis, providing that they can make a promotion to the English top-tier.
Aston Villa currently hold a 2-1 advantage over West Bromwich after winning the first semi-final tie, with Leeds United or Derby County awaiting them in the second and final round.
Any progression in negotiations with the Blues could depend on whether the West London club successfully overturns a two-window transfer ban.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are reportedly contemplating whether to sell English winger Callum Hudson-Odoi after the end of the current season or risk losing him for nothing next campaign.
The technical gifted forward was the subject of a £35m bid from German champions Bayern Munich during the January transfer window, an offer that the West London club turned down amid pressure from the fans.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has offered no indication that he is willing to sign a contract extension, though, meaning that he will be a free agent back in 2020.