Eden Hazard impressed by Kevin de Bruyne in pre-season

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Chelsea's Eden Hazard heaped praise upon team-mate Kevin de Bruyne after his stand-out performance in Chelsea's 1-0 win against Singha All-Stars last night.

The Belgian, who spent last season on loan with Werder Bremen, is yet to make a Premier League appearance for the Blues since joining from Genk last year, and has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.

However boss Jose Mourinho recently confirmed De Bruyne is staying put and the 22-year-old is expected to play a more central role for the west London club next term.

The 'Special One' got his second spell in charge of the Blues up and running with the 1-0  win which came courtesy of a Romelu Lukaku, and Hazard says he was impressed with what he saw from De Bruyne in Bangkok.

“Kevin did well, I know his quality and he gave some very good passes in the game,” he told Chelsea’s website.

“Everybody knows he is a good player and it was good for him to show it. He played for 80 minutes in this weather but he did very well and it is good for him."

Chelsea's pre-season preparations are well underway as they gear up for the 2013/14 season, and Hazard says Mourinho has been pushing his squad hard in training to ensure the are rearing to go for their first Premier League fixture against Hull.

“Training has been very intensive, we prepared for the first game well and now we have to do better in the second game,” he continued.

“We can do some things better but the most important thing is that most players played for some minutes.”


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