Chelsea defender David Luiz believes Callum Hudson-Odoi is good enough to replace Eden Hazard if the Belgium international leaves Stamford Bridge this summer.
Hazard is expected to sign for Real Madrid and hinted after Wednesday’s 4-1 Europa League triumph against Arsenal that he had played his last game for the Blues.
Hazard scored twice after the break in Baku for Maurizio Sarri’s team, once from the penalty spot, to bring his goal tally for the season up to 21.
The 28-year-old has won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup and two Europa Leagues since joining Chelsea from Lille in 2012.
Teenager Hudson-Odoi, who suffered an Achilles injury in April, can step into Hazard’s place according to Brazil international Luiz, who said: “Eden is a fantastic player, friend and guy. I’ve known him ever since he was here at so young. I am so happy for him because the world knows who Eden Hazard is.
“We have many (who could replace Hazard). 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 is a new story for Callum. It didn’t start so well because of the injury but it is time for him to improve in other sides (of his game).”
Chelsea are 21.00 to win the 2019/20 Premier League title and 1.95 to finish in the top four.