Chelsea legend offered advice to Maurizio Sarri over Eden Hazard transfer

Frank Lampard has tipped Maurizio Sarri to put his trust in youngsters as Chelsea look to fill the void left by Real Madrid-linked Eden Hazard.

Reports in France claim that Eden Hazard will become first ‘Galactico’ signing of the summer after the La Liga giants reached a €100 million (£86m) agreement with Chelsea for the attacker.

Real Madrid are understood to make an official announcement following the Europa League final at the end of this month.

Eden Hazard, who made history by winning every prize at the Blues’ end-of-season awards, informed the club of his choice ‘weeks ago’. The 28-year-old has been pushing for a switch ever since Zinedine Zidane – his childhood idol – returned as manager in March.

Though Frank Lampard expects the forward’s departure to hit Chelsea hard, he is confident Maurizio 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’ the manager of Derby, told talkSPORT.

‘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.’