& # 39; It will appear in the dressing room & # 39 ;: Alexey Smertin worried Chelsea will suffer when Eden Hazard leaves
- Eden Hazard will probably leave Chelsea after scoring twice in the Europa League final
- The Belgian seems to be preparing this summer for a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid
- Former Chelsea midfielder Alexey Smertin feels that Hazard will be difficult to replace
Former Chelsea star Alexey Smertin fears that the departure of Eden Hazard will leave a huge void in the dressing room of Blues.
Hazard is expected to seal a switch to Real Madrid this summer with the La Liga giants preparing to launch a £ 115 million bid to sign it this week.
The Belgian star revealed that his heart is on his way to the Spanish capital after inspiring Chelsea to a 4-1 win over Arsenal in the final of the Europa League.
The danger to Eden is likely to leave Chelsea after he has helped them win the Europa League final with a brace
And Smertin has admitted that he is concerned that Hazard's absence will be felt at Chelsea – although he believes the offside player is making the right decision by fishing for a move to Madrid.
& # 39; I think he's a great player. I think it's a good idea for him [to go to Real Madrid]. It's really hard to do what he does and to be consistent every season, & Smertin told Sportsmail.
& # 39; Sometimes it can be difficult, I have changed team 10 times to get motivation and I think the move will be good for his motivation and to play and test himself at the highest level but also in another country and against different players.
& # 39; Chelsea will really miss him because he is a leader, a pure leader. It will appear in the dressing room. He was great for Chelsea and I think he will do the same for Madrid. & # 39;
The Russian midfielder Alexey Smertin played for Chelsea for three years between 2003 and 2006
Smertin believes the trophy saved the job of Maurizio Sarri as manager of Chelsea
Smertin, who spent three years in the club between 2003 and 2006, also believes that Maurizio Sarri & # 39; s season was saved by Wednesday night's win over Arsenal.
He added: & # 39; A large club like Chelsea, they will always aim high. They want first place and if you don't get first place, they'll say, "Well, it could have been better."
& # 39; For clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, they will always want first place. I remember Jose Mourinho came to the club and they had not won any trophies, but he told the players that we are going to win.
& # 39; It changed the club, so if you finish in the top four right now, it's not a great season, but of course it made a difference last night because they won a trophy. & # 39;
The former Portsmouth man believes that Chelsea should always strive to win the Premier League
Alexey Smertin was talking at the Football for Friendship Forum 2019 in Madrid. Soccer for friendship is an annual International Children's Social Program implemented by Gazprom.
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