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Hazard’s double sends Chelsea to third place in Premier League

Eden Hazard scored one of the goals of the Premier League season as Chelsea beat West Ham to climb above Tottenham and Arsenal into third spot in the race for a Champions League place.

Hazard, who has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, evaded five players during a stunning run, before the Belgium forward calmly beat keeper Lukasz Fabianski.

He added a late second goal to cap a magnificent individual performance in an entertaining game at Stamford Bridge.

Gonzalo Higuain hit a post, while Hazard was denied a penalty after what looked like a foul by Marko Arnautovic, with Argentine midfielder Manuel Lanzini going closest for West Ham with a shot which was beaten away by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Chelsea, who can still qualify for next season’s Champions League by winning the Europa League, are three points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal – who have a game in hand – after a third successive league win.

The Hammers remain 11th after a third defeat in four league games.

Chelsea and Belgian forward Eden Hazard is taking time to consider on his future amid heavy pressure from the Blue‘s to sign a contract extension at Stamford Bridge.

In an exclusive interview with a Monaco top media outlet ‘RMC‘ Hazard stated:

Him (Maurizio Sarri) thinks football like me, so we’ll see. The family is in London, I’m also going to be 28. I do not want to have any regrets at the end of my career. It’s a decision I’m going to make, I do not know when, but I’ll take it.”

More worryingly for Chelsea fans, the Belgian finished up the interview saying: “You know me, I’ve always loved Real, even before (Zinedine) Zidane. We’ll see what happens. As I said, I’m already finishing this year with Chelsea, I still have a year of contract after this year.”

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has signed a new five-year deal to keep him at the club until 2023.

The France international, 27, has scored three goals in 81 Premier League appearances for the Blues after joining from Leicester City in 2016.

Chelsea won the league title in Kante’s first season at Stamford Bridge and he was named the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year.