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According to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, the arrival of Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea boss is good for Eden Hazard.

“When Real wants to sign you, you can tell yourself, ‘This is the chance of a lifetime’, but Eden did not see it that way,” Martinez said.

“Chelsea had Sarri come in and I understand that the club did not want to lose its best player. It is logical he is a wanted man. Eden is a good lad. He accepted the position and will perform this season.

“I was happy to see him back on the pitch against Arsenal and he showed he was involved in the big moments in the match.

“He said staying is not bad. But to say that is only one thing. The most important thing is what he shows on the field. I saw Chelsea’s third goal against Arsenal [scored by Marcos Alonso from a Hazard cross] and I knew enough.

“After such a World Cup, it was certainly a good time for Eden Hazard to take up a new challenge. Sarri’s arrival is good for Eden. He is ready for the new challenge and the new manager at Chelsea.”

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