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Chelsea's Eden Hazard says he wants to move to Spain to win Ballon d'Or

Chelsea midfielder rules out leaving Stamford Bridge in January

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Eden Hazard has ruled out leaving Chelsea in January - but says he needs to move to Spain to win the Ballon d'Or

Eden Hazard says he is the best player in the world but must move to Spain to win the Ballon d'Or.

The Chelsea midfielder said during the World Cup that "it might be time to discover something different", with the 27-year-old linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Hazard has less than two years on his Chelsea contract and said earlier this week that he was torn about whether to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge or pursue a move to the Bernabeu.

The last ten winners of the Ballon d'Or have been based in Spain, and when asked whether he needed to move there to be considered the best in the world, he said: "That's why I want to go - maybe."

Eden Hazard celebrates scoring Chelsea's first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge in London on September 15, 2018
Image: Hazard is enjoying the best form of his career with Chelsea and Belgium

However, when pressed on whether he would consider leaving Chelsea in January, he replied: "No."

Hazard has enjoyed a prolific start to the season, scoring eight goals in 10 matches for Chelsea, and responded "yes" when questioned on whether he thought he was the best player in the world.

But he admits he can still improve, saying: "You can always improve in football. More goals, more assists.

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"The team is helping me a lot, but I can improve, for sure."

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