- David Luiz thinks Hudson-Odoi can be as important as Hazard given enough time.
- Only Ronaldo or Messi can replace Hazard says the Chelsea defender.
David Luiz praises his teammate Eden Hazard saying that the Belgian international is irreplaceable but there is hope for the Blues with the rising of youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Hazard said in a post-match interview after their win at Baku:
“I think it’s goodbye, time for a new challenge,”
The Belgian played a very important role in Chelsea’s emphatic win (4 – 1) against Arsenal. He scored two goals and created the chance for Pedro’s goal. There is speculation that this is his final game for Chelsea before joining Spanish giant to Real Madrid for £100 million ($126m) in the summer.
Though the England international didn’t feature in the final at Baku due to injury, Luiz thinks Hudson-Odoi given enough time can be Hazard’s successor for the Blues, though it will tough, though Chelsea can trust in him in the future. Luiz told reporters what he thinks of Hazard’s replacement:
“That’s either Messi or Ronaldo [who can replace Hazard],” Olympic Stadium. “I think if he goes I just wish him all the best. He is a fantastic player, friend and guy.
“I’ve known him ever since he was so young here. I am so happy for him because the world knows who Eden Hazard is. It is part of life. Some cycles finish, some cycles start. I think we have many, many talents within the club who can replace him.
“Callum [Hudson-Odoi] is great. Callum has known this club since he was young and he has the talents to one day try to be like Eden. It didn’t start so well because of the injury but it is time for him to improve in other sides [of his game].”
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The 32-year-old just penned two-year contract extension, under new manager Maurizio Sarri the Brazilian has become a regular starter again at the bridge.
The Chelsea defender is clear that he wants a stay for manager Sarri in west London amidst uncertainty surrounding the 60-year-old Italian manager at the club.
“He is a great person, a great guy, a great manager and we finished in the best way for him because we won a trophy in his way,” Luiz added. “Even after we conceded a goal at 3-1 we continued to play his philosophy and continued to try and score more goals.
“It was the best end of the season for him and he deserved that. Yes [I want him to stay], because he is doing great. He did great during the season even with all the difficulties we had. In life sometimes you have to try to understand who is on the other side.
“Sometimes you need to reflect and analyze a little bit how difficult it was for him to be here today. He trained many, many clubs in the lower divisions. He was doing one job (banker) and then he quit to try a big journey and do something in football.
“Today he arrived in a big final and to do great like that, of course, there is going to be emotion. He deserved that, it was a fantastic season for him. I think he is doing great. It is for the club to decide that. I am so happy with him.”
Sarri will now have end-of-season talks to decide what happens next after his first piece of major silverware as a manager.
Savechelsea.net also report Maurizio Sarri to hold talks today about his future.
Chelsea’s bagged their first trophy under new manager Maurizio Sarri with an emphatic 4-1 win over North-Londoners Arsenal on Wednesday and the Italian will hold talks with the club concerning his future at the bridge.
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