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James Lawton: Chelsea's Hazard to prudence

Among Chelsea's achievements over the past few weeks there is one they might be reluctant to acknowledge, especially under the growing shadow of Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations.

It is the possibility that they have created the ultimate example of football inflation with the cost of firing Andre Villas-Boas and hiring Eden Hazard.



The cost of the Villas-Boas misadventure is reckoned to be £32m. When you add this to the projected bill for Hazard, who scarcely brought Wembley to its feet on Saturday, Chelsea are looking at a combined outlay of more than £100m.



Let's hope Hazard offers more value than AVB for the pious hope that football hasn't gone utterly and shamelessly mad.

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