Eden Hazard just like Lionel Messi says Cesc Fabregas

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It's not been a bad week for Eden Hazard - he was the difference for Chelsea in their 2-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday - and he's been compared to none other than Lionel Messi.

Chelsea new boy Cesc Fabregas made the comparison in an interview with Spanish radio station COPE, where he also claimed he turned down offers from two other Premier League clubs to to join the Blues from Barcelona.

Hazard broke the deadlock at Stamford Bridge on Sunday - it was his mazy run that prompted Laurent Koscielny to bring down the Belgian, who then converted the spot kick.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admitted afterwards that it was Hazard who made the difference in the tight game - and now Fabregas has compared him to his former Barcelona team-mate.

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"Hazard has that incredible ability to unsettle the opposition," the Spaniard told radio station COPE. "He is the link between midfield and attack for us; he is our Messi because he makes the difference."

Costa fortune

Onto another Chelsea summer signing and Diego Costa says he won't play for Spain this week if he is not fully fit.

The striker has been in scintillating form this term but is struggling with a hamstring complaint - but has still been selected to play for Spain for their qualifiers against Slovakia and Luxembourg.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been managing the problem and left him on the bench for his side's Champions League fixture against Schalke - which they could only draw 1-1. 

Costa wasn't 100% fit for a string of key games at the end of last season while still with Atletico Madrid before his move to Chelsea - and he says he won't risk the same happening again.

“I’m here ready to play,” he said to Spanish sports newspaper Marca after linking up with his international colleagues on Monday.

“I’ve had some problems but it’s getting better. I’ve already played three games in a week and the coach knows that I carry some problems but I will treat them during the week.”

He added: “I don’t want to be in the middle. Mourinho has not told me anything. One has to take into account that many times I am the one that makes the decision depending on how I feel.

Guess who's back

And finally, a familiar face to Chelsea fans is back in the game - Champions League winning coach Roberto di Matteo has been named as the new Schalke boss.

He's been out of the game since he was let go by the Blues not long after their success in Munich - and will face his former team in the Champions League.

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