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Hazard: Dembele is the midfield king

October 20, 2012
By Kevin Palmer

Chelsea's Eden Hazard believes he is not the best Belgian midfielder in the Premier League, as he has nominated Tottenham's Moussa Dembele for that increasingly competitive title.

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Dembele has been in stunning form during his first few weeks as a Spurs player and Hazard admits he poses a major threat to Chelsea's ambitions when the pair clash at White Hart Lane in one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures of the season so far.

"Dembele is a big player, I think he is one of the best players in the league at this time and it is difficult to defend against him. He has great pace and good technique, and is very effective in the centre of the pitch. I follow all the Belgian players in the Premier League, and now he is at a bigger club with better players it will be good for him," Hazard told the Chelsea website.

Hazard replaced Dembele in Belgium's World Cup qualifying win against Scotland last Tuesday, with the Chelsea star joking he hoped the injury his compatriot picked up on international duty may rule him out of the game against the Blues this weekend.

"As Dembele came off injured when I replaced him, I told him I hoped that he would still be injured at the weekend," joked Hazard. "But really I hope he can play, that it will be a good game and that the best team can win.

"We always talk a little bit among us as international players and I spoke to some of them about the Premier League before I came to Chelsea. I knew it was a big competition but now I am here I can see it with my own eyes and I am very happy in England."

Meanwhile, QPR boss Mark Hughes has fanned the flames of the enduring feud between his centre back Anton Ferdinand and John Terry by claiming no apology has been forthcoming from the Chelsea captain in the direction of the player he was found guilty of racially abusing by an FA panel.

Terry issued a public apology for his actions after deciding against an appeal against his four-game ban and £220,000 fine, but those sentiments of contrition have not been passed on to the victim of his actions.

"I believe John Terry feels that he hasn't done anything wrong. For him to apologise would perhaps be an admission of guilt, so I wouldn't have thought he would be prepared to do that, " said Hughes.