Selling Hazard might be Chelsea's best option, says Clarke

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The former Blues player and assistant manager believes whoever is in charge at Stamford Bridge might have to generate cash to finance additions

Eden Hazard may have to be sold by Chelsea in order to free up for funds for summer additions, says Steve Clarke.

The Blues continue to be bankrolled by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, but elaborate spending sprees have dried up in recent windows.

With more attention being paid to balancing the books, sales are now required in order to counter purchases.

Hazard is the most saleable asset currently at the club, and continues to be linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, with it possible that he could be sacrificed on the back of failure to secure Champions League football.

Former Blues player and assistant manager Clarke fears that approach may have to be taken, telling BBC Radio 5 Live: "You can always look to replace players.

"They come and go, they always move on. The club is the most important thing.

"They have to rebuild that squad a little bit. It wasn't good enough to be in the top four. They have got a lot of work to do over the summer.

"To help fund other transfers for the club this summer, maybe they do have to sell Hazard."

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Hazard has already admitted that his future will be shaped by the ambition shown by Chelsea this summer, with exciting additions required in order for him to stay put.

He said ahead of a match-winning performance against Manchester United in the FA Cup final: "I'm waiting for new players next season.

"I want good players, because I want to win the Premier League next season."

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Thibaut Courtois – another of those to be generating plenty of transfer talk – echoed those sentiments after helping to secure major silverware at Wembley.

He told BT Sport: “I love this club but we need to see how the club is going forward.

“We want to win trophies, but we want to play for the title, too. We need to see how Man City and United are spending. If Chelsea want to be on top, we need to show it.”

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