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Cesc Fabregas has warned that Chelsea face an uphill battle to prevent Eden Hazard leaving the club in the summer of 2019, report Standard Sport.

Fabregas has played alongside Hazard for four years now. The pair, whose respective technical ability has stood out as the best in our squad throughout that period, have continually combined to produce moments of brilliance in a Chelsea shirt.

Few players in the Chelsea squad are more accustomed to Hazard’s capabilities than Fabregas. As a result, few are more concerned than he could walk out the door next summer.

Speaking to Standard Sport, Fabregas revealed his belief that Chelsea keeping hold of Hazard this summer will have been rather straightforward – but the real challenge lies ahead:

“It was an easy decision, especially now, because at this stage how much can Eden cost? Not many teams in the world can buy Eden Hazard. He still had two years left on his contract.”

“Next year if he has one year left, that’s a different story. You don’t have as much power as a club. Eden is one of the best players in the world.”

“But having two years left, especially how the market is, it’s basically impossible to sign him up. I don’t think it was that hard from the club.”

Fabregas is spot on. If Hazard wants to leave next summer, he will find himself in a position of real power. He would be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with any interested parties in January 2020. We could be forced to sell him in the summer.

Despite that, we should not live our lives in fear of what might happen. If we do that, we will not be appreciating the brilliance of Hazard, who is currently the most in-form player in world football.

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2 years ago

Chelsea should be thinking of life without Hazard now by the recruitment of Leon Bailey to partner Callum Hudson-Odoi as the two have his replica qualities.