Only Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo are suitable replacements for Eden Hazard if he leaves Chelsea for Real Madrid, according to David Luiz.

Hazard played a pivotal role as Chelsea thrashed Arsenal 4-1 to lift the Europa League trophy on Wednesday, with the Belgian scoring twice in Baku.

In the immediate aftermath he confirmed that it was probably his final outing in a Chelsea shirt ahead of an expected move to Madrid.

The Spanish giants have long been linked with the Belgium international, whose Chelsea contract expires next year.

The Premier League club are reported to be holding out for £100million for Hazard, and although David Luiz feels it will be tough to fill the void left by his friend's departure, the Brazilian has high hopes for Callum Hudson-Odoi.

When asked who could replace Hazard, David Luiz told reporters: "That's either Messi or Ronaldo.

"I think, if he goes, I just wish him all the best. He is a fantastic player, friend and guy.

"I've known him ever since he was so young here. I am so happy for him because the world knows who Eden Hazard is.

"It [moving on] is part of life. Some cycles finish, some cycles start. I think we have many, many talents within the club who can replace him.

"Callum [Hudson-Odoi] is great. Callum has known this club since he was young and he has the talents to one day try to be like Eden.

"It didn't start so well because of the injury [Hudson-Odoi suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in April], but it is time for him to improve in other sides [of his game]."

Brazil great Ronaldo can understand the comparisons between himself and Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, a player he professes to "love".

Mbappe, 20, enjoyed a remarkable season in Ligue 1 this term, scoring 33 goals in 29 matches for the champions.

The France international was the undisputed star of PSG's title defence and has been linked with record moves to Spanish sides Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Throughout his fledgling career Mbappe has been likened to former Brazil, Barca, Madrid and Inter forward Ronaldo, as he has a similar combination of pace, skill and lethal finishing.

When asked by Marca if he concurs with those saying they see Ronaldo in Mbappe, the Brazilian said: "Yes, I do. I love him.

"He's fast, can finish and he's only 20 years old. We've known about him for three years already because he has a lot of talent.

"I don't know how players are valued at what they are now, but who am I to speak? People paid a lot of money for me, and for [Zinedine] Zidane. It's a normal evolution in football."

If Mbappe was to move to Madrid, he would link up with another of the world's most promising players in Vinicius Junior.

Ronaldo's compatriot enjoyed a promising debut season and was one of the few bright points for Madrid, who finished third in LaLiga and were knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax in the last 16.

"No, I'd seen him at Flamengo," Ronaldo replied when asked if Vinicius' adaptation was unexpected.

"He has a lot of quality and that's why Madrid paid €40million. When they put him in the team they saw what he has.

"He's not fully formed, but he's 18 years old and it'll come. He's an incredible player and will bring a lot of joy."

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has no qualms about Eden Hazard leaving the club for Real Madrid, adamant the winger has earned such a move through his dedication to the Blues.

Hazard has long been linked with Madrid, with the Spanish club said to see him as the rightful replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus last year.

Speculation has persisted over the last few months despite Chelsea's desire to keep hold of the Belgium international, but the Premier League side have found themselves in a weak position as his contract expires next year.

The player claimed he made a decision about his future a while ago, but only revealed his departure is likely in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday's 4-1 Europa League final win over Arsenal.

Few of his team-mates will begrudge him a move, however, with Kante convinced Hazard's service in seven years at the club has earned him some credit.

Speaking to reporters in Baku, Kante said: "It's not sad. I think Eden did an amazing job, had an amazing time with Chelsea.

"He stayed here a long time, he won many trophies. He played amazing tonight [in the Europa League final]. We are happy for him.

"I don't know what is going to happen next, but we can only wish him the best because he did a lot for Chelsea.

"It was a pleasure to play with him and we'll see what happens."

Jurgen Klopp masterminded a stunning 97-point season in the Premier League only to be pipped on the final day by a relentless Manchester City.

In many respects, it would feel cruel for such a phenomenal side to finish the campaign without a trophy.

But that is exactly what will happen if Mauricio Pochettino's Champions League shock troops can seal silverware for Tottenham at Liverpool's expense in Madrid.

Klopp must overcome Spurs, as well as a wretched individual record in major finals.

Here, we look at some memories the charismatic German will hope to banish on Saturday.

2012 DFB-Pokal final: Borussia Dortmund 5 Bayern Munich 2

Shinji Kagawa gave Dortmund an early lead, one that was restored by Mats Hummels' penalty after Bayern's Arjen Robben had converted a spot kick of his own. Robert Lewandowski then took centre-stage with a hat-trick as Klopp's Dortmund closed out a domestic double. It remains his last victory in a final.

2013 Champions League final: Borussia Dortmund 1 Bayern Munich 2

The Klassiker rivals reconvened for the following year's Champions League final at Wembley but Jupp Heynckes' Bayern now held the upper hand. Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring before Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan converted a 68th-minute penalty. Franck Ribery's backheel was snaffled by Robben for the winner a minute from time and Bayern would go on to complete the treble.

2014 DFB-Pokal final: Borussia Dortmund 0 Bayern Munich 2 (aet)

Pep Guardiola and Klopp were first pitted against each other when the Catalan took the reins at Bayern from Heynckes for 2013-14 and duly cantered to Bundesliga glory. Dortmund ended up 19 points behind their rivals but the 2014 DFB-Pokal final was a tight and keenly contest affair – goalless after 90 minutes before Robben and Thomas Muller struck in extra time.

2015 DFB-Pokal final: Borussia Dortmund 1 Wolfsburg 3

Klopp's final season at Dortmund threatened to implode completely before a recovery after the turn of the year averted a feared relegation battle and sealed Europa League qualification. A dream farewell looked to be in prospect but they were outgunned in the Pokal by a Kevin De Bruyne-inspired Wolfsburg. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poached an early opener for BVB but Luiz Gustavo, De Bruyne and Bas Dost all struck in a 16-minute period where goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak did not cover himself in glory.  

2016 EFL Cup final: Liverpool 1 Manchester City 1 (aet, 1-3 on penalties)

Picking up the pieces from the disappointing denouement of Brendan Rodgers' reign, Klopp galvanised Liverpool in the 2015-16 season and had an early shot at silverware. Philippe Coutinho forced extra time after fellow Brazil international Fernandinho opened the scoring for City. The shoot-out was all about an Argentinian, though, as Willy Caballero saved from Lucas Leiva, Coutinho and Adam Lallana – allowing Yaya Toure to dispatch the winning penalty.

2016 Europa League final: Liverpool 1 Sevilla 3

The Reds rebounded from that setback to plot a path to the Europa League final, thanks in part to an astonishing comeback against Klopp's old employers Dortmund. Daniel Sturridge dispatched an exquisite 35th-minute opener with the outside of his left boot, only for competition specialists Sevilla to turn the game on its head after the interval. Kevin Gameiro levelled from the restart and a roving Coke struck twice as Unai Emery's team won their third consecutive title.

2018 Champions League final: Liverpool 1 Real Madrid 3

The Liverpool side Klopp took to his next showpiece was a different beast altogether, operating entirely in line with his high-intensity tactical demands. However, the most valuable part of his ensemble, Mohamed Salah, was infamously injured in a first-half tussle with Sergio Ramos. Another member of Klopp's vaunted forward line, Sadio Mane, did find the target to equalise but it would be a game bookended by hideous Loris Karius errors and a Gareth Bale wondergoal.

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta hopes Eden Hazard "still wins trophies with Real Madrid" as the star nears a switch to the LaLiga giants.

Hazard, 28, confirmed he had likely played his last game for Chelsea in a 4-1 Europa League final win over Arsenal on Wednesday.

The Belgium international is heavily linked with a switch to Madrid and Azpilicueta wished the star attacker well at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"Honestly, the times that he had to cope with the rumours, always going, they put him in a lot of teams," he told a news conference.

"He always showed his desire not to sign for an English team, even if he could have a better contract.

"He has never been a selfish person, he always had this dream to play for Real Madrid and we will see what happens but I think he has been very honest until the last day.

"That's why the fans, they love him, because he didn't play with the club, he didn't push for another contract, just always give his best, he was very clear with the club and that's why the club is so happy with him.

"It's a big opportunity for him. He's been amazing for us and I hope he still wins trophies with Real Madrid."

Hazard has won two Premier League titles, a pair of Europa League crowns, an FA Cup and an EFL Cup during seven seasons at Chelsea.

Azpilicueta, who also arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2012, is saddened by his good friend's likely exit.

"[It's] very sad, amazing person, amazing player, has been a very important part of our team," he said.

"A good friend of mine, very close, we arrived seven years ago together from France and if that moment comes, obviously, I'll be very sad."

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta admitted Eden Hazard will "be a big loss" as the Europa League winners prepare to say farewell to their two-goal Baku hero.

Star attacker Hazard revealed the 4-1 victory over Arsenal on Wednesday is almost certain to mean "goodbye" with an expected switch to Real Madrid seemingly moving closer.

Olivier Giroud and winger Pedro also got on the scoresheet to help make the Belgium international's potential goodbye appearance a memorable occasion.

Hazard, 28, joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012 and ranks as one of the London club's greats, having won two Premier League titles and enjoyed success in the FA Cup and Europe.

"It's a big loss for us, as a player and as a person," Azpilicueta told beIN Sports.

"We came here together seven years ago, we have won six trophies, it's been amazing on and off the pitch for me.

"I can only wish him the best because he's a very good friend of mine.

"The desire he's shown on the pitch for the club, his behaviour as the star man, I think everybody in the club loves him.

"He's not selfish - a lot of times I heard rumours about him leaving. In other situations maybe other players could push but he didn't do it.

"I can only say all the best and we're going to miss him."

Maurizio Sarri's future at Stamford Bridge is also uncertain amid links to the vacant Juventus post.

The Italian guided Chelsea to a major trophy and Champions League qualification at the first attempt but, when asked whether his head coach should stay, Azpilicueta noted the decision is out of his hands.

"It's not my choice. Obviously Maurizio is the manager," the Spanish full-back said.

"We started the season quite late. In February, March we were in difficulty, we were sixth in the Premier League and everybody thought we were out of the Champions League.

"We came back, we finished third... lifted the Europa League [and] lost on penalties in the Carabao Cup [final]. I think if you look at the whole season it has been very great."

Eden Hazard appeared to confirm his Chelsea exit after scoring twice in his side's 4-1 Europa League final defeat of Arsenal.

Hazard struck a double as Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1 in Baku on Wednesday and said after the game: "I think it is a goodbye."

The Belgium attacker has long been linked with Real Madrid but indicated while he has made his decision there are further talks required between the clubs.

"We will decide in a few days and the only target in my mind tonight was to win this final," he told BT Sport.

"I have made my decision already and now I'm waiting on both clubs. I think it is a goodbye, but in football you never know.

"My dream was to play in the Premier League and I have done that for one of the biggest clubs so maybe now it is the time for a new challenge."

Chelsea already led 2-0 thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud and Pedro before Hazard converted a penalty to all but secure the first major silverware of Maurizio Sarri's coaching career.

He then struck again after Alex Iwobi's volley briefly reduced the arrears, ensuring his Chelsea stay will end on a high note.

"It was good," Hazard added. "I think both teams were playing with a bit of stress in the first half because it was a final, but when Olivier scored, it was the beginning of a great night.

"We played well and controlled the game and I'm happy to leave this trophy with the boys. The manager said to carry on playing football at the break and today we showed our mentality."

Eden Hazard appeared to confirm his Chelsea exit after scoring twice in his side's 4-1 Europa League final defeat of Arsenal.

Sadio Mane acknowledged it is a pleasure to be linked with Real Madrid, but insisted he is "very happy" at Liverpool and in no rush to leave.

Liverpool signed Mane from Southampton in 2016 for a reported £34million and he has been a key figure for the Reds ever since.

The Senegal forward scored 23 goals across his first two Premier League seasons at the club, before stepping things up a notch and netting 22 in the 2018-19 campaign, making him the division's joint top-scorer with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Reds team-mate Mohamed Salah.

Mane's link-up with Salah and Roberto Firmino has been a major reason why Liverpool, who narrowly missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester City earlier this month, have reached back-to-back Champions League finals.

His emergence as one of the Premier League's best players has unsurprisingly seen him linked with moves and Madrid are said to be particularly keen, but Mane maintained he is content at Anfield.

"This is part of football, so we have to deal with it," he told reporters of the transfer rumours.

"For me, the more important thing is that I am with Liverpool and I am very happy here, and I am preparing for one of the club's biggest games. Let's focus on this first, and on winning it.

"It's always a pleasure for this kind of team to want you, but Liverpool, don't forget, we beat big teams."

Liverpool will face Tottenham in European football's showpiece match on Saturday at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano.

Real Madrid have overtaken Manchester United to become Europe's most valuable club, according to KPMG.

The 2019 report, which calculates the "enterprise value" of Europe's top 32 clubs, has found that Madrid - Champions League winners last season - are now ahead of United, who had been outright leaders in the past two years.

KPMG found that Madrid's on-field success, with three consecutive Champions League triumphs, has led to an increase in commercial revenue - up 41 per cent over three years - as well as UEFA prize money.

United have slipped to second place, while Barcelona are down to fourth, below Bayern Munich in third.

Bayern's 25 per cent value increase over three years is enough to take them above LaLiga giants Barca, whose increased staffing costs have contributed to a three per cent decrease in that time.

Manchester City stayed fifth, followed by Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Serie A champions Juventus, who were down one place to 10th.

The biggest year-on-year increase in the 2019 report was that of Inter, up 41 per cent, with Champions League finalists Liverpool and Tottenham next.

The Premier League has nine clubs included in the 32, as Leicester City, West Ham and Everton join the traditional big six. These teams account for 43.4 per cent of the elite European clubs' total aggregate value.

Celtic, the sole Scottish Premiership representative, and Villarreal have climbed into the top 32, with Valencia and Fenerbahce dropping out.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and president Florentino Perez must clear up talk surrounding a potential transfer to the Chinese Super League, according to Dani Carvajal.

Perez revealed on Monday that he rejected Ramos' request to leave LaLiga giants Madrid for a Chinese club on a free transfer.

The future of star defender Ramos in Madrid remains uncertain – with Manchester United and Liverpool reportedly interested – but team-mate Carvajal would love for the 33-year-old to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"What is normal is that Ramos receives offers and it's logical that many clubs want to have his services," Carvajal said.

"But the president and he have to clear it up. I would be delighted to have him [at Real Madrid] next year again."

Asked if he feared Ramos leaving, Carvajal added: "No fear, each one [Ramos, his agent and Perez] must clarify [about the China move]. Ramos is our captain. That word already defines him."

Ramos has enjoyed great success since arriving from Sevilla in 2005, winning four LaLiga titles and four Champions League trophies among others.

The Spain international scored six goals in 28 LaLiga appearances as Madrid finished third last season, while he played 40 matches in all competitions, with the club's Champions League title defence ending in the last 16.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says Cristiano Ronaldo is the best signing he has made during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ronaldo spent nine seasons at Madrid in total, scoring over 450 goals and counting four Champions Leagues, two LaLiga titles and two Copa del Rey trophies among his honours.

The Portugal forward left in July 2018, joining Juventus in a deal worth €112million.

"I think he already made it quite clear that he wanted new challenges," Perez said on 'El Transistor' when asked about Ronaldo hinting at an exit immediately after Madrid's Champions League victory in Kiev last season.

"He used that moment to say it, but I think he'd been thinking about it for some time.

"He never created any problems during the nine years at Real Madrid, never once arriving late or anything.

"I think he's the best player I signed for Real Madrid. I always had a great relationship with him. We never had any problems, not even over money."

Ronaldo's departure followed on from Zinedine Zidane's decision to quit Madrid, though the Frenchman has since returned for a second spell as coach following Julen Lopetegui's disastrous spell and Santiago Solari's underwhelming stint.

Perez added that, as soon as Zidane outlined his intention to leave the club, there was little he could do to change the coach's mind.

"He came to my office and told me. When Zidane decided, there was no turning him around," Perez said.

"Then the next day we decided to communicate it. At that time there weren't many coaches available. All those at clubs had contracts for some time.

"With Lopetegui we wanted him to come after the World Cup. He wanted to announce it before the World Cup and we spoke with Luis Rubiales and he told us that we were getting a great coach, but then something happened in the afternoon and it all changed and they sacked him.

"Then we didn't speak with the Federation more because he was sacked and we didn't have to pay a clause."

Zinedine Zidane appears to have cast doubt on a potential Real Madrid move for Kylian Mbappe, claiming the forward is "fine" at Paris Saint-Germain.

After winning the World Cup with France, Mbappe starred for PSG in 2018-19, scoring 39 goals in all competitions.

The 20-year-old is reportedly - along with club-mate Neymar - a target for Madrid, who look set to undergo a rebuild following a disappointing campaign in both LaLiga and the Champions League.

However, Madrid president Florentino Perez has dismissed rumours of moves for PSG's star duo and Zidane also looks to have ruled out an approach for Mbappe.

"He's fine where he is," Zidane told reporters after playing in a charity match in Bordeaux.

As well as Mbappe and Neymar, Madrid have been heavily linked with a move for Chelsea's Eden Hazard, while significant doubts remain over Gareth Bale's future at Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is hoping Chelsea star Eden Hazard joins the LaLiga giants in the off-season.

Hazard has been linked with Madrid throughout the season and the Belgium international is now reportedly set to swap Chelsea for the Santiago Bernabeu in a €130million deal.

Perez was reluctant to talk about Hazard as Chelsea prepare for the Europa League final against Arsenal in Baku but the Madrid boss hailed the 28-year-old attacker.

"How are we supposed to talk to a club who are playing in a final?" Perez replied during his interview with Onda Cero's El Transistor.

"We've been trying for a number of years to make Hazard a Real Madrid player, but we haven't achieved it yet.

"I'd really like Hazard to come to Real Madrid and really hope he does. He is one of the best footballers."

It is set to be a busy transfer window for Madrid, with head coach Zinedine Zidane poised to overhaul a side that finished third in LaLiga and bowed out of the Champions League in the last 16.

Paris Saint-Germain pair Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have both emerged as possible targets for Madrid.

Ligue 1 top goalscorer Mbappe hinted he could be tempted by a "new project", while former Barcelona star Neymar continues to be linked with a return to LaLiga.

"I haven't spoken with Zidane about Mbappe or Neymar, nor have I with anyone else," Perez said. "Nor have we spoken with Mbappe, nor will we.

"Last year we said we didn't want them and this year is the same. If we want a player, we'll speak to their club."

Perez, who denied Atletico Madrid's wantaway star Antoine Griezmann has been offered to Madrid and said the club have not received offers for Gareth Bale, added: "We're not thinking about players.

"We have to meet with Zidane and see what we want to do. We have to buy and sell. I won't talk about any player."

Florentino Perez insisted Sergio Ramos will not leave Real Madrid on a free transfer after confirming the club's captain is considering a move to the Chinese Super League (CSL).

News emerged on Monday that Madrid star Ramos had reportedly requested permission to join a team in China after meeting with president Perez.

The 33-year-old centre-back was believed to be close to joining Premier League giants Manchester United in 2015 before extending his Madrid contract, which now runs until 2021.

Perez was asked about speculation over Ramos and the Madrid boss said he is not prepared to sanction a CSL deal that would see the defender leave on a free.

"They [Ramos and his advisors] came to see me in my office," Perez told Onda Cero's El Transistor.

"They mentioned that he might leave but without a transfer fee because transfer fees in China are very complicated.

"I told him that he can't leave and that we would be speaking to the Chinese club interested in signing him.

"It's impossible to let your captain leave for free, that would be setting a bad precedent."

Ramos has enjoyed great success at the Santiago Bernabeu since arriving from Sevilla in 2005, winning four LaLiga titles and four Champions League trophies among others.

The Spain international scored six goals in 28 LaLiga appearances as Madrid finished third last season, while he played 40 matches in all competitions, with the club's Champions League title defence ending in the last 16.

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