Lampard explains how he plans to replace Eden Hazard
Lampard who spent 13 years as a player at Chelsea, has signed a three-year deal at Stamford Bridge after Maurizio Sarri stepped down to take charge of Juventus last month. The 41-year-old returns at a challenging time for the club considering their current transfer ban and the recent loss of Hazard to Madrid, but he remains upbeat about the situation. Though Lampard concedes that Chelsea lost a ‘great’ player in Hazard, he’s confident that the youngsters in his squad can become ‘huge’ players in their own right.
Asked about the impact of Hazard’s move to Madrid at his opening press conference, Lampard replied: ‘From the outside – and I wasn’t here at the time – but it seemed like something that was important to Eden personally. I think the club and the fans respected that. ‘He left on a very good note as a Chelsea fan and someone who played with him and watched from afar he gave this club such great times individually in his input. We were thankful he was here. ‘It’s not one to dwell on. He’s gone. We wish him well. He’s a great player. It’s important now what we do and how we take the club forward.
‘You lose a great player of course but then how do you get around that? You work on the team. ‘You look around at what you do have and what we have is already a very strong squad and young players at a really good age that has, not just potential, some of them have already shown it in the first team, but have the talent so I won’t say fill Eden Hazard’s boots, he’s very unique, but we have players that in their own way can be huge players. ‘Some already are huge players and some that can get even better. ‘Part of my job now will be to get that out of them and develop the great young players we have here.’
New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is hopeful he has the players to cope with Eden Hazard’s departure but believes it will be near impossible to find a like-for-like replacement for the forward.