Eden Hazard: Chelsea reject Kevin de Bruyne could have cut it

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard talks up Blues reject Kevin de Bruyne

Eden Hazard believes his fellow Belgian Kevin de Bruyne was good enough for Chelsea despite his return to Bundesliga.

The 23-year-old joined the Blues from Genk in 2012 but struggled to earn a regular spot in Jose Mourinho’s first-team after returning to Stamford Bridge from a successful loan spell at Werder Bremen.

De Bruyne joined Wolfsburg last January in an £18m deal and has been in impressive form for the Bundesliga side, scoring six goals and making 16 assists in 26 top-flight games in Germany.

Alhtough Hazard, who is in the running to become the PFA player of the year this term, refused to criticise manager Jose Mourinho for selling the playmaker, the Chelsea forward believes De Bruyne would have eventually been a success.

“He is a great player. Mourinho decided to let him go and not play him,” Hazard told L’Equipe.

“It was not my decision, even though I know very well that he could play at Chelsea because he has tremendous qualities.

“I think at Chelsea, you have more pressure than Wolfsburg. It’s a shame he’s gone but he’ll have a successful career.”

De Bruyne, who has also scored five times and has made five assists in the Europa League this season, made a total of just nine first-team appearances for Chelsea before his eventual transfer to Wolfsburg last January.

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