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Willian and Loftus-Cheek urge Hazard to stay at Chelsea

Chelsea stars Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have urged Eden Hazard to stay at the club.

After so far refusing to sign an extension, Hazard is about to enter the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge and has been heavily linked with a summer move to Real Madrid.

The 28-year-old has enjoyed a stunning season for Maurizio Sarri’s side, scoring 16 goals and providing 15 assists in 36 Premier League appearances, with teammate Willian urging the Belgian to commit his future to Chelsea.

“For me, I hope he stays, but in football, you never know. I think his head is here, to play for Chelsea,” Willian told reporters.

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“Then after he’s finished the season maybe he can talk about his situation. I don’t know anything about him leaving so for me I hope he can stay.

“He’s very important, a special player, he’s very important for us, he helps us a lot.

“And he’s one of the best players in the world.”

England international Loftus-Cheek also urged the winger to stay, but admits he will respect Hazard’s decision should he choose to leave the club after seven seasons in West London.

“I’m sure everyone here – and us players – would love him to stay and be a Chelsea player until he finishes his career,” Loftus-Cheek said.

“But who knows what he’s thinking. Over the last seven, eight years he’s been fantastic – the trophies he has helped us win. Whatever decision he makes we will respect it.”

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