Chelsea FC star Eden Hazard opens up on World Cup loss to France

Eden Hazard has his say after Belgium were knocked out of the World Cup by France in the semi-finals

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Chelsea FC star Eden Hazard Photo: Nike

Eden Hazard has insisted that he was proud of Belgium’s effort at the World Cup in the wake of their elimination at the hands of France in the semi-finals on Tuesday night.

Hazard captained Belgium to the semi-finals of this summer’s tournament in Russia, but the Red Devils ended up losing to their neighbours in the last four.

Samuel Umtiti’s goal early in the second half ended up being all that separated the two sides as France secured their spot in the final in Russia on Sunday.

Belgium were among the favourites to win the World Cup this summer but the Red Devils will now face a play-off for third place.

And Hazard, 27, seemed to be in a philosophical mood as he reflected on Belgium’s exit at the hands of France this week.

Speaking to Belgian outlet Het Nieuwsblad, Hazard said: “We have seen a fantastic Belgian team and have been eliminated by a team that was more solid than us.

“We can be proud of what we have achieved. As a captain, I am happy to be part of this team.”

Attentions will now gradually start to turn back to Premier League affairs and Chelsea FC’s plans to bolster their squad ahead of next season.

The Blues are believed to be on the lookout for a number of new players this summer as they look to assemble a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season.

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