David Luiz has backed Callum Hudson-Odoi to fill Eden Hazard’s boots at Chelsea FC.
The Belgium international is being widely tipped to move to La Liga giants Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.
Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a move to sign the 28-year-old since the end of the Premier League season.
Hazard dropped a hint that Chelsea FC’s 4-1 victory over Arsenal in the Europa League final could be his final game for the Blues.
The Chelsea FC number 10 has little over 12 months left to run on his current deal and Hazard hasn’t committed to an extension at the west London side – and so the Blues could be forced to cash in now to avoid losing Hazard for nothing next summer.
Hudson-Odoi enjoyed a breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge despite Italian manager Maurizio Sarri showing a reluctance to use the teenager in the Premier League.
The 18-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich, ended up with five goals and three assists in 22 games in all competitions.
Chelsea FC defender Luiz believes Hudson-Odoi could potentially replace Hazard at Stamford Bridge if the Belgian forward does move to Real Madrid.
“Let’s bring in Messi and Ronaldo! I think if he goes, I just wish him all the best. He is a fantastic friend and a fantastic player,” Luiz is quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph.
“I’ve known Eden since he arrived here and he was so young. Now I am so happy for him because the world knows who is Eden Hazard. In life some cycles finish and some start.
“We have some main talents in the club to replace him.We have many, and also Callum is great. He has this opportunity, he knows this club since he was young and he has the talent to one day try to be like Eden.
“So it’s new history for Callum. It didn’t start very well for him because of the injury but there is time also to improve.”
Chelsea FC won the Europa League and finished in third place in the Premier League table in Sarri’s first season in charge.
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