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Eden Hazard believes Chelsea team-mate Ruben Loftus-Cheek will become one of the best midfielders in the country.

Loftus-Cheek endured a frustrating start to the campaign at Stamford Bridge, struggling to break into the squad despite a successful loan spell at Crystal Palace last season and performing well at the World Cup for England.

But the 22-year-old has scored five goals in his last six appearances for Chelsea, including the second goal in the 2-0 west London derby victory over Fulham on Sunday, and Hazard clearly thinks Loftus-Cheek has a bright a future, despite failing to start a Premier League game this season.

“He’s a fantastic player. We all know. I’ve trained with him for five years,” Hazard said

“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.”

Loftus-Cheek’s strike against Fulham came at the end of a brilliant one-touch move which Hazard and Pedro were involved in and the Belgian believes it shows the quality Chelsea have in their squad.

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