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Chris Sutton: Chelsea "finished" if they sell Eden Hazard

Sutton: Chelsea
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Premier League title winner Chris Sutton insists that keeping hold of Eden Hazard is key to any hopes Chelsea have of achieving success in 2018-19.

Chris Sutton has warned Chelsea that they "have got no chance" of achieving anything this season without Eden Hazard in their side.

The Blues lost 2-0 to Manchester City in the Community Shield in the absence of Hazard, who is due to return to training on Monday following a post-World Cup break.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri hopes to persuade the Belgium international to stay at Chelsea for at least another campaign, with talk of a switch to Real Madrid refusing to go away.

Sutton, a Premier League winner with Blackburn Rovers in 1995, insists that Sarri can forget about any silverware if Hazard does indeed depart.

"If they let Hazard go they're finished, they've got no chance this season," he told BT Sport. "[Thibaut] Courtois, that situation still seems to be up in the air and needs to be resolved, as do a lot of things."

Madrid have also been tipped to move for Courtois, while Willian is a rumoured target for Barcelona.

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2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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