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Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard

Hazard has continuously been linked with a big-money move to Real Madrid, but Chelsea are desperate to tie him down and secure his long-term future.

Hazard's statement will come as a huge relief for Chelsea fans, who were becoming increasingly fearful he would leave to sign for La Liga giants Real Madrid.

Chelsea will happily keep the Belgian until the end of the season and allow him to hit free agency, but they believe a move elsewhere will better serve his development and are keen to help him progress in his career.

Eden Hazard said he will follow team-mate Thibaut Courtois in signing a new Chelsea contract amid links with Spanish and European champions Real Madrid.

"Of course now he has more consistency in his game but always he is fantastic in his play and has the ability and capacity to make good penetration and give good assists".

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Hazard has arguably been the Blues' best player since his arrival in the Premier League five years ago, while also establishing himself as probably the most influential player in the English top flight during the same period.

The youngest Hazard brother, Ethan, is currently at Tubize, the small professional club where all of the siblings came through in Belgium.

And the Blues are keen to avoid him entering the final 12 months of his contract, which would see his transfer value diminish and possibly result in them losing him on a free in 2019.

Interest from the Santiago Bernabeu in compatriot Thibaut Courtois, is also said to have left question marks around Hazard's future. "I think Thibaut first, then I will sign".

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