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Drogba: Chelsea legend Eden Hazard is irreplaceable

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Didier Drogba insists Chelsea will never be able to find a replacement for a “special” Eden Hazard following his move to Real Madrid.

Hazard called time on his seven-year stay at Chelsea in favour of a dream €100m transfer to Real this month.

The 28-year-old winger left Stamford Bridge with an impressive tally of 110 goals and 92 assists in 352 appearances. He also won several trophies, which included two Premier League titles and a Europa League.

And now Drogba, who himself is a Blues legend, reckons Hazard’s incredible talents mean that Chelsea would be better off developing a player to take over the Belgian’s role rather wasting time searching for a replacement.

“No one can replace Hazard, he is special,” Drogba said in an Instagram Live chat on Saturday.

“But someone else will come, [and] step up.

“Eden Hazard is a legend at Chelsea. That’s life, that’s football.”

Hazard isn’t the only key man to leave Chelsea this summer as manager Maurizio Sarri has returned to his native Italy after signing a three-year deal with Juventus.

Now, the London club must embark on a hasty search to find someone suitable to replace Sarri. So far, Blues icon Frank Lampard appears to be the firm favourite to take over despite having just one season of managerial experience under his belt at Derby County.

And Drogba has backed his old team-mate as the best man for the job at Stamford Bridge.

“Well, the one who is in line to get the job, I think Frank Lampard,” replied Drogba, when asked who is the best managerial option for Chelsea.

Drogba is Chelsea’s fourth-highest all-time scorer on 164 goals and also added 86 assists in 381 appearances.

The former Ivory Coast international enjoyed a stellar playing career that spanned across two decades and saw him play in five different nations.

The majority of his career was spent at Chelsea in two separate spells, where he fired the Blues to 14 trophies. Among them were four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 03: Didier Drogba of Chelsea celebrates winning the Premier League title after the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on May 3, 2015 in London, England. Chelsea became champions with a 1-0 victory. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)