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Hazard advises De Bruyne to leave Chelsea

ESPN staff
November 18, 2013
Kevin De Bruyne has made six appearances for Chelsea this season © Getty Images

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard has urged compatriot and team-mate Kevin De Bruyne to leave Stamford Bridge if his playing time continues to dwindle.

De Bruyne has made only six appearances in all competitions under Jose Mourinho this season as he struggles to fight his way into a congested Chelsea midfield.

And with next year's World Cup looming on the horizon, there are fears that De Bruyne could be putting his spot with the Belgian national team at risk with his lack of competitive action.

"If he does not play, it is better for him to leave," Hazard told Het Nieuwsblad. "Playing a World Cup after having not played for a year... is very difficult.

"If we want to get the best from Kevin in the future it is better that he leaves. But he's a big boy. He must make his own choices."

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