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Eden Hazard: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney would be welcome at Chelsea

Image: Eden Hazard: Tracked by Wayne Rooney during last season's Premier League meeting at Stamford Bridge

Eden Hazard says Wayne Rooney would be a "brilliant signing" for Chelsea and would welcome him at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard is one member of a Belgian core of young talent at Chelsea, and the playmaker believes Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne, who are in first-team contention after spending last season on loan, can make an impact. On Lukaku, Hazard said: "He has a real chance. What do you ask of a young striker? To score goals - and he can do that." On De Bruyne, Hazard added: "It's a pleasure to play with him. It's great he's staying with us this season." Another Belgian could follow if rumoured interest in Aston Villa's Christian Benteke comes to fruition. Hazard said: "Benteke is my friend. We get on very well. "He had an unbelievable first season for a young striker in the Premier League. "His dream is to play even higher. I think he's got all the attributes to do well at a big club."

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