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Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri has admitted Chelsea players are afraid Eden Hazard might leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

Hazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid all season and the Belgian captain is yet to sign a new contract with his current deal expiring in the summer of 2020. Chelsea will have to sell Hazard at the end of the season if the Belgian opts against signing a new deal to avoid losing him for free in the summer of 2020.

Hazard’s goal against Wolves on Sunday is 13th league goal this season, five more than any other Chelsea player. Hazard has registered seven more league assists than anyone else in the Chelsea side. Emerson admits Hazard is on another level and hopes the Belgian stays at Chelsea.

“He shows every day how important he is,” Emerson told Sky Sports.

“Obviously we have many players of quality in our team but he is on another level, and is one of the best in the world.

“I personally cannot see him leaving, but you never know in football. Like Chelsea fans, we are afraid that he might leave, I still believe that he will stay and we really want him to stay.”

Emerson has featured more often for Chelsea lately after been previously used very sparingly by Maurizio Sarri this season, mainly in cup competitions.

“When I first arrived in January, I was coming back from a serious knee injury,” Emerson added. “I needed to get back into training, I needed to get match fit.

“I needed to settle in, new city, new club, new team-mates, this season I am playing a lot more. Any player will tell you that when you are playing a lot more, the more you feel part of the project.

“I think I have progressed in the speed of play. In the Premier League it is so much faster, you cannot really have two touches on the ball before you get two or three opponents on you. This is something I have grown on, learned to play the ball faster and be more aggressive.”

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