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Chelsea’s star man puts contract talks on hold until after World Cup

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard has revealed that he is putting talks over an extension to his Stamford Bridge contract on hold to focus fully on the World Cup in Russia this summer.

The Belgium international’s future has been the subject of much speculation in recent months, with rumours circulating that he is stalling on committing to the Blues in order to engineer a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Hazard has become arguably Chelsea’s most important player over the last few of seasons, and has won two Premier League titles since moving to London from Lille in 2012.

However, the mercurial playmaker insists that his only focus at the moment is finishing the season strongly with his club and then having a successful World Cup campaign with his country.

Hazard is part of a highly fancied Belgium side that includes other Premier League stars like Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.

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The 26-year-old also admitted that he and his international team-mates will be aiming to reach the final in Russia this summer.

“Look, I’m going to finish the season first, then play the World Cup and then I’ll leave on holiday,” Hazard said.

 “We’ll see what happens next. I haven’t thought about it yet; I have another two years’ contract with Chelsea. I am very happy. I just think about the end of the season and the World Cup.”

“Four years ago it was the first World Cup for most of the players. Now we have experience. We know what to do to be ready. We have one target, which is to reach the final.”

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