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Thursday 15 November 2018

Sarri: Ace Eden can be world's best at Bridge

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard can become the world's best player by staying at Chelsea, insists Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.

Hazard says it is "not a problem" if a move to Real Madrid doesn't happen as he would be happy to finish his career with the London club.

And Sarri reckons the Belgian genius can realise his ambition of winning the Ballon d'Or at Stamford Bridge.

"He's a fantastic player," Sarri said. "It will be very important for us if he will remain with us. Very, very important.

"I think also he can win everything here, including the Ballon d'Or, without playing in Spain.

"For example, if Chelsea won the Champions League and Belgium won the European Championships, he would be able to win everything without playing in Spain."

Hazard, 27, is undecided about whether to extend his Chelsea contract, which expires in June 2020, or seek a "dream" move to Real.

His sparkling form helped Belgium finish third at the World Cup and, so far, he has scored seven goals in eight starts and two substitute appearances.

"I can finish with Chelsea," Hazard said before today's match with Manchester United. "No problem at all. I am very happy with this club, with the team, my family is happy here.

"So If I don't go to Spain, it is not a problem. I love the fans - I think the fans love me. What happens in the future, I will be happy."

Hazard, who joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012, has publically ruled out a January switch to Madrid but some claim the comments were made to gauge whether Real's reported interest is genuine.

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