How Chelsea plan to replace Real Madrid target Eden Hazard – NOT with Christian Pulisic
Eden Hazard’s days as a Chelsea player are seemingly close to coming to an end.
The Belgium international is a summer target for Spanish giants Real Madrid, who have held a long-term interest in signing the 28-year-old.
And according to multiple reports, Real have already reached an agreement to sign the former Lille man.
Should Hazard leave Chelsea, his departure will leave a huge hole in the team.
But the Blues are said to be already taking measures to offset his seemingly impending exit.
The Telegraph claim Chelsea chiefs will offer their wantaway midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi a new bumper deal.
And should Hudson-Odoi accept a new contract, he will then take Hazard’s favoured position on the left wing.
Chelsea newboy Christian Pulisic – who is currently on loan with Borussia Dortmund – was expected to be drafted in as Hazard replacement.
But if Hudson-Odoi ends up replacing Chelsea’s talisman, Pulisic will begin his Blues career playing on the right of Chelsea’s attack.
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea can retain Hudson-Odoi’s services.
The 18-year-old, who handed in a transfer request in January, is still a target for German champions Bayern Munich, who tabled four bids for him last January.
And the Bavarians are still keen on snapping up the England international, with their president Uli Hoeness recently reaffirming their interest in the England international to Bild.
“I think we will continue to think about him.
“But in a phase in which he’s currently on the operating table, it makes no sense to make statements.”
Hudson-Odoi’s breakthrough season ended prematurely on Monday night when he ruptured his Achilles.
The youngster underwent successful surgery on Tuesday night and issued a statement to Blues fans on Twitter.
“Thank you for all the messages and the support you’ve been sending me, I really appreciate it,’ the winger said via a video message on Wednesday.
“I am doing better, I am feeling better, so thank you very much.
“Just the road to recovery now.”
Chelsea will be back in action on Sunday afternoon, travelling to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.