Didier Drogba has described Eden Hazard as a Chelsea legend who is so “special” he cannot be replaced at Stamford Bridge.
Hazard ended his seven-year stay at Chelsea earlier this month when he completed a £130m move to Real Madrid, with the Belgian seeking a new challenge in his career.
The 28-year-old left Stamford Bridge having won several trophies with the Blues including two Premier League titles, a Europa League and an FA Cup title.
And Drogba, himself considered a legend at Chelsea, believes Hazard is such a talent that his former club will not be able to directly replace the Belgian star but will need to instead develop a player to take over from the 28-year-old.
“No one can replace Hazard, he is special,” Drogba said during an Instagram Live on his account on Saturday. “But someone else will come, [and] step up.
“Eden Hazard is a legend at Chelsea. That’s life, that’s football.”
Drogba also answered a question from a fan about who he thinks is the best candidate for the vacant managerial role at Chelsea.
And the ex-Chelsea striker backed his former teammate Frank Lampard, who is the front runner to take over from Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.