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Pulisic not a Hazard replacement for Chelsea says leading journalist

Christian Pulisic is not a direct replacement for Eden Hazard at Chelsea, according to German football expert Ralph Honigstein.

The US international signed for Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday for a fee of £58m, and will join up with Maurizio Sarri’s side in the summer having been loaned back to the Bundesliga leaders until the end of the season.

Hazard has been regularly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with Real Madrid having been strongly linked with a summer move for the Belgian international.

Despite Pulisic’s impending arrival, Honigstein does not believe the deal means a certain exit for Hazard from Chelsea.

“I’m not sure what this means for Hazard but he is not, at least not in my mind, a direct replacement,” Honigstein told Sky Sports Transfer Talk Podcast.

“He can play in the same positions of course but he is not going to add those goals necessarily.

“He will provide plenty of assists and keep the ball, but I don’t see him filling the role that Hazard has – basically becoming both Chelsea’s playmaker and major goalscorer in the absence of a more prolific centre forward. I think we have to look at this move in isolation.

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