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Di Matteo: Chelsea may block Hazard departure

Former Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo believes Eden Hazard may be taken off the market this summer.

Hazard, desperate to move to Real Madrid, fears the Blues will hold on to him if their two-window transfer ban is upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Di Matteo, who was Blues boss when they signed Hazard from Lille in 2012, told The Sun: “Who knows about Hazard? Chelsea have a transfer ban so it is going to be very difficult for anybody to leave that they don't want to leave.

“He's the player that makes the difference. He can change a game individually and there aren't many players like that. It would be a real shame to lose a player like that.

“Losing Hazard is not great but I'm not sure it will be that easy for him to leave.

“The club has a transfer ban and letting a top player leave and not being able to replace him, it would be very tough for a top club to buy him.

“Nobody is bigger than the club. It's understandable that he may want to experience a different league after being in London for seven years but it might not be this summer."

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