5 players who can replace Eden Hazard at Chelsea
Ever since Eden Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille there have been constant rumors about him leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid. Now at the age of 27, he has won two Premier Leagues, one Carabao Cup, and one Europa League with the Stamford Bridge side.
This season, he has impressed a lot with his dribbling skills and he has scored 15 goals and has four assists, even after being absent at the beginning of the season due to an ankle injury.
With Cristiano Ronaldo potentially reaching the twilight of his career, it has been suggested that Real are ready to make a move for the talented Belgian winger. With his contract running down in 2020, Chelsea is keen to tie him down to a long-term deal.
It is no secret that Zinedine Zidane is a huge admirer and Hazard has previously publicly stated that Zidane is his idol.
If reports are believed to be true, Real are considering a bid for the Chelsea star next season and they will generate funds by offering a cash plus player deal.
If Hazard leaves, the Blues will have to dig deep in the transfer market because his departure will leave a big hole in the forward line as they mainly rely on him to produce that bit of magic when they are in trouble.
Replacing him won't be only about his position in the team, it will be more about replacing a talisman.
Here we look at 7 players who can replace him at Chelsea:
#5 Nabil Fekir (Lyon)
The Lyon captain has been in scintillating form this season, and as a result, he has been linked with many top clubs around Europe. He is an academy graduate who made his debut in 2013.
In his second year, he became a regular for the team and was named as Ligue 1's Young Player of the Year.
Aged 24, he is the captain of a youthful Lyon team and many have argued that he is even more valuable than Neymar who can count on the support of superstars like Kylian Mbappé, Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, and Di Maria; Fekir has to carry this young side on his own.
He has already scored 21 goals this season from 32 appearances and his strongest attribute is his versatility.
He has played in various positions as a central midfielder, winger and even a false nine at times. He is very much a complete attacker and since the time he has been made captain. he has added more consistency to his game.
Fekir is an excellent dribbler and he is also not shy in big games. He has scored crucial goals for Lyon this season against some big teams. He scored from freekicks against PSG and Marseille and scored the winner against Monaco in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
It is no wonder that he has been constantly linked with the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona, and Liverpool. It is clear though that any club trying to sign him will have to pay a huge sum given his importance to the team.