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Eden Hazard has raised an interesting, and valid, point about international colleague Yannick Carrasco's switch to the Chinese Super League.
Carrasco, 24, swapped La Liga for the Chinese Super League by completing a stunning move to Dalian Yifang, along with Nicolas Gaitan who also left Atletico Madrid.
Naturally, many are questing his decision. Especially in a World Cup year.
However, he's received backing from Hazard who's defended the move.
"I'm not inside Yannick's head, but I know that he wanted to leave Atletico Madrid," the Chelsea ace said via ESPN.
"Perhaps China was the only option to leave. By staying at Atletico until the end of the season, perhaps he wouldn't have played at all.
"In China, it's certain he'll play a lot. Frankly, it's better to have playing time in China than be on the bench in La Liga.
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Hazard does, though, admit the transfer seems bizarre. Yet he's referenced fellow countryman Axel Witsel who ventured to the Far East in 2017.
"It seems a bizarre choice but he has his reasons, I'm sure of that. I don't have any problem with those [Red] Devils who go to China.
"Axel has been playing there for a few months, and he's always at his best when he comes back to play with us. I think it'll be the same with Yannick.
Hazard is confident Carrasco will maintain his level of footballing ability ahead of representing his national team in Russia.
"And the World Cup starts in just three months. You don't lose your level in football in such a short span of time. So, I really don't have any problem with Yannick's transfer.
"We're going to the World Cup to go a long way, and the winter transfer window has not changed our plans at all," he added.
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