Chelsea’s talisman in recent years in expected to leave Stamford Bridge for the Bernabeu, but those at the helm in West London have been cautioned against signing a replacement.
Jimmy Hasselbaink declares Eden Hazard irreplaceable at Chelsea and has urged the blues to follow Liverpool’s steps and the transfer approach they adopted when Phillipe Coutinho departed Anfield.
In January 2018, the Reds themselves lost a talismanic and creative influence Coutinho to Barcelona, but Klopp decided against signing a like-for-like replacement but opted to invest the funds in other areas of their squad.
Chelsea could soon find themselves in a similar position, with Hazard expected to swap Stamford Bridge for the Santiago Bernabeu as he secures a switch to Real Madrid.
Hasselbaink believes it would be a pointless exercise trying to find somebody to fill the Belgian’s shoes is west London, with Maurizio Sarri told to look at taking his side “in a different direction”.
The former Blues striker told the Daily Star: “Eden Hazard is not replaceable and you shouldn’t try to replace him.
“They need to do something different.
“If you try and replace him it’s not going to work. In the last few years, if you look at Liverpool for instance, with Luis Suarez they tried to replace him and couldn’t.
“Also the same with Philippe Coutinho, they went in a different direction. And, you know, Coutinho has been forgotten at Liverpool.
“In a way that’s what Chelsea have to do. They need to maybe go in a different direction with a different approach.”