Chelsea must hold on to 'magic' Hazard - Lampard

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The former Blues midfielder believes the Belgium international is a key figure for the Londoners and cannot be allowed to leave

Frank Lampard has stressed  Chelsea  cannot afford to lose Eden Hazard in the upcoming transfer window and has highlighted the Belgium international's importance for the Stamford Bridge side.

Hazard has developed into one of Chelsea's undisputed star players since joining the club in 2012, but his future at this season's FA Cup winners is shrouded in uncertainty.

Real Madrid are believed to be keeping a close eye on the 27-year-old's situation and he has yet to open up on his long-term plans.

The attacker's contract is due to expire in 2020, but Chelsea seemingly have different priorities at this stage, with  manager Antonio Conte set to make way for former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri .

Nevertheless, Lampard feels Chelsea should do everything within their powers to hold on to Hazard, even if he was reluctant to touch on the financial side of the matter.

"I do not want to say Chelsea should pay him whatever he wants, because I do not know the numbers," Lampard exclusively told Goal during the BBC Media Day.

"But in terms of the player, if you are a Chelsea fan, you want Hazard to stay. He is a world-class player, without a doubt. He is a talisman of the club, because he is magic, when a game is tied, he normally steps up to change things. He can create something out of nothing and I think he is fantastic.

"If you want to keep moving forward, you need to keep players like Hazard if you can and then add to it around him.

Lampard weighs in on Hazard transfer speculation

Should Chelsea pay Eden Hazard whatever he wants to make sure he stays? Frank Lampard has his say The ex-England star is part of the BBC’s team of pundits for the 2018 World Cup. 🏆 Posted by Goal.com on Thursday, May 24, 2018

"I obviously hope he stays, but in terms of pay, do not ask me… That is for them to deal with."

Hazard netted 12 goals in 34 Premier League appearances this term, but was unable to guide Chelsea to Champions League qualification as they had to settle for fifth place in the table.

He ended the season on a high, though, as he scored the winner in the 1-0 FA Cup final win over Manchester United.

The former Lille star is part of the provisional Belgium squad for the upcoming World Cup, with England, Tunisia and Panama awaiting in the group stages in Russia.

The BBC will provide extensive coverage of World Cup 2018 across TV, radio and online from June 14.

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