Eden Hazard backs ‘fantastic’ Chelsea team-mate to become ‘one of the best’

Eden Hazard has backed Chelsea team-mate Ruben Loftus-Cheek to become ‘one of the best midfielder in England’.

England international Loftus-Cheek scored his fifth goal of the season on Sunday as Chelsea returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Fulham.

Loftus-Cheek spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace and was named in England’s World Cup squad after impressing for the Eagles.

The 22-year-old has continued to show glimpses of his potential this term and Hazard says he can develop into ‘one of the best midfielders in England’.

‘He’s a fantastic player. We all know. I’ve trained with him for five years,’ Hazard told Sky Sports.

‘I saw him when he was young, now he is not so young but he can still improve. But in the future I think he will be one of the best midfielders in the country.’

Chelsea’s unbeaten run under Maurizio Sarri was ended last weekend by Tottenham but the Blues are still third in the Premier League, just seven points behind rampant Manchester City.

The Blues face recently-promoted Wolves on Wednesday night and Hazard says it is the type of game Chelsea ‘need to win’.

He added: ‘We dropped points against West Ham already, against Everton, so this kind of game we need to win.

‘After we play against big teams and in the big games you never know, you can draw or lose.

‘So when we play these kind of games you want to win, but you also know that away is always hard.

‘It’s not enough just to think we’re going to win, it’s not like this in the Premier League. You need to show that on the pitch you want to win and you deserve to win.

‘What I see from them is they are good players. I know Joao Moutinho was playing in France and I watch the French league so I know him.

‘But I think the manager [Nuno Espirito Santo] is good as well, they are playing a good style of football so it’s going to be a good game.’

Wolves are currently 12th in the Premier League but have lost three of their last four games.

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