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Willian wants an extended Hazard stay

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Chelsea winger Willian Borges has hailed Eden Hazard as one of the best players in world football and would like to see him extend his stay at the club.

The Belgian skipper has previously revealed his intentions of joining Real Madrid and with Zizou back at the Bernabeu, rumours of an imminent departure remains rife.

Hazard, 28, is out of contract in the summer of 2020 and has said a move to Real Madrid to play under “idol” Zidane would fulfil a life-long ambition.

However, the move could be precipitated if Chelsea fails to secure a Champions League spot this season.

The Blues are currently three points adrift the fourth spot in the Premier League and are making significant progress in the Europa League.

Asked about his club-mate’s future on the eve of Thursday’s Europa League tie with Dynamo Kiev, Willian said via Sky: “First of all I hope he stays with us. But in football, you never know what can happen.

“Eden is a fantastic player, one of the best in the world, he is my friend, one of the best players I have played with in my whole career.

“I have to say, I hope he stays with us.”

With Chelsea facing a transfer ban, the fans would fear the worst if they experience a massive exodus of star players.

Willian and co would do themselves a world of good by securing a Champions League spot either via the Europa League route or the League.