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Leekens: Mourinho driving Chelsea's Hazard to Messi, Ronaldo class

Former Belgium boss Georges Leekens believes Chelsea star Eden Hazard can reach the heights of Real Madrid's Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. Hazard goes into today's clash with Manchester United full of confidence.

"He was always a good player but now he's developing into an excellent player," Leekens said.

"It was the same in the national team - he was very influential and talented, but I would always tell him that I wanted more, that I felt he had more to offer. I'm very glad that Mourinho has put the bar higher.

"Eden has accepted the challenge, he's taking a lot of responsibility and that's the main difference between the Eden we had two years ago and the Eden we have at Chelsea.

"Talent-wise, you can always see the qualities that he has. Plus he's smart, he's intelligent and he's rarely injured. But he is stronger now too, working harder without the ball, and he's maturing, becoming a leader - that's a rare player to find.

"When the World Cup comes he can show that he belongs with players like Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi."

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