Joe Cole is praying that Eden Hazard’s latest injury prevents him from joining Real Madrid this summer as he doesn’t believe the Premier League champions would be able to replace him.
Hazard is recovering after undergoing surgery on his ankle that he injured in a training session with Belgium after the 2016-17 season ended and could miss several games at the start of the new campaign.
Cole thinks that Hazard is the best player in the league and, while his injury is a blow for his former side, he is glad that it could hinder Zinedine Zidane’s attempts to sign him.
“He is fantastic. He is one of the top players in the world,” Cole told Goal at the Tampa Museum of Art. “It is a shame he got this injury with Belgium but with the speculation that was coming, on a selfish point of view for Chelsea, it might mean that we can keep hold of him for another year [with Real Madrid interested].
“For me, he is the best player at the club. I think he is the best player in the league. I can’t speak highly enough of him. He would be very expensive to replace. I don’t know where you could go to replace him. Eden is a leader in the dressing room. “