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My replacement Pulisic is going to be a star with Chelsea: Hazard


Leading man: Christian Pulisic has impressed in pre-season
Leading man: Christian Pulisic has impressed in pre-season

By Duncan Bech

Eden Hazard believes Christian Pulisic is at the perfect club to help him fulfil his potential.

The American international is likely to fill the void on Chelsea's left flank created by Hazard's departure to Real Madrid earlier this summer in a £100m deal.

Chelsea broke their transfer record to sign Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in January, but loaned the 20-year-old back to the German club for the second half of last season.

Pulisic has shown flashes of the ability that convinced Chelsea to invest in him on the club's pre-season tour and Hazard is confident he will become a firm favourite of the Stamford Bridge faithful.

"He can be one of the best in the future, for sure," said Hazard.

"He can be (a star). Now he's at one of the best clubs in the world. He's a proper player."

Hazard's move to Madrid has coincided with him returning to the cover of the Fifa computer game series.

He added: "When you play football, it's a dream to, first, be in Fifa and then to be on the cover.

"You want to play more often because you're on the cover."

Meanwhile, Tammy Abraham has full confidence in his ability to score goals after taking a different approach to games than he did as a youngster.

The striker netted during Chelsea's pre-season victory over Barcelona in Japan, though he had been wasteful in front of goal earlier.

When asked whether missing opportunities have ever played on his mind, Abraham was clear and positive in his response.

"For me, that's one thing I learnt as I've got older," he explained. "When I was younger, if I missed a chance then my head would be down, whereas now I'm just looking for the next opportunity and making sure I take it.

"I've been watching the top strikers in the world and how they react when they miss a chance, and they just always stay focused and take the next one that comes along. Thankfully I did that against Barcelona and hopefully that can be the first of many."

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