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Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard in action for Chelsea.

Olivier Giroud recalls his thoughts the first time he trained with Eden Hazard at Chelsea

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Eden Hazard has stepped up another gear this season.

The Belgian winger has been Chelsea's main man for a while and he is currently enjoying his best campaign with the club to date.

Hazard has already scored eight times in 13 games this season and is thriving under Maurizio Sarri's leadership.

His performances have even led many, including Jamie Carragher, to label him as the best player in the Premier League.

“If Chelsea win the title this season, it will be partially due to their great manager, but ultimately because of the influence of Eden Hazard,” he wrote in his Telegraph column in September.

“Hazard is the Premier League’s best player.

"Hazard brings something the others do not – dribbling ability, running at pace, beating several men from deep before delivering a spectacular finish.

“He has the capacity to make you shout ‘wow’ as I did when he scored the goal that knocked Liverpool out of the Carabao Cup.”

You've got to feel sorry for opposing players that have to play against Hazard.

But you've got to feel even more sorry for his Chelsea teammates that play against him in training day in, day out.

Eden Hazard in Chelsea training

Olivier Giroud joined Chelsea in January and has recalled what he thought about Hazard the first time he played against him in training.

"When I discover Eden Hazard in training for my first session at Chelsea. I told myself: "F***ing hell, it's hard to get the ball off him",' Giroud told French daily newspaper Le Figaro, per the Daily Mail.

"Sometimes, there's two or three players around him and he still manages to get out in tight spaces.

"He's a magician, he's impressive. Now, I've started to know him and I don't find myself near him. It's better for him and for me."

Olivier Giroud couldn't believe how hard it was to tackle Eden Hazard

Don't worry, Olivier. You can't be the only person that has told themselves that.

Unfortunately for Chelsea fans, this could be Hazard's last season at the club.

The 27-year-old has outlined his desire to join Real Madrid in the past and he is being consistently linked with the Spanish giants.

When asked about his future yesterday Hazard insisted that his only focus is on Chelsea for the time being.

"I only think about Chelsea now," Hazard told Sporza, per the Metro.

"The competition lasts seven or eight months, after that, I’ll see what happens."

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Eden Hazard
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