Ruud Gullit believes Chelsea FC would struggle without Eden Hazard.
The Belgium international helped the Red Devils to reach the World Cup semi-finals before a 2-0 win over England in the third-placed playoff.
Hazard came off the bench in Chelsea FC’s 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town before a 3-2 victory over Arsenal in the London derby at Stamford Bridge.
New Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri started with Hazard in the west London side’s 2-1 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
The Belgian forward scored from the penalty spot to break the deadlock before a late own goal secured three points for Chelsea FC.
Hazard has won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League at Chelsea FC but the Champions League title has eluded the forward.
Real Madrid have been linked with a move to sign Hazard over the past few months but the Chelsea FC number 10 appears set to remain at the Stamford Bridge side.
Former Chelsea FC manager Gullit believes the Blues can ill-afford to lose their prized asset.
“There were rumours that Real Madrid wanted Eden Hazard in the summer,” Gullit told BBC Sport.
“It was crucial that Chelsea kept hold of the Belgian.”
Gullit added: “Without him it is going to be very difficult for them. He is the one player who poses a consistent threat.
“On Sunday he was fouled five time – more than twice as much as any other player on the pitch – and Newcastle constantly had four or five defenders around him in an attempt to nullify his threat.
“He is world-class but it would be interesting to see how Chelsea cope without him.”
Chelsea FC finished in fifth spot in the Premier League table last term to miss out on a place in the Champions League.
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