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Chelsa star Eden Hazard returns to youth team in Belgium





  • Eden Hazard returned to his youth team Stade Brainois last weekend
  • He visited the Belgian club after Belgium's 1-1 draw with Greece on Saturday
  • Hazard will return to Premier League action against Crystal Palace this weekend

By Glen Williams For Mailonline

Published: 04:56 EDT, 30 March 2017 | Updated: 05:01 EDT, 30 March 2017

Chelsea star Eden Hazard made the most of his international break by visiting his former youth team in his native Belgium - even turning out as a mascot for them.

The playmaker led his former youth side, Stade Brainois, out on Sunday after playing in Brussels for the national team the night before.

Hazard made the short 46-kilometre trip south to his boyhood club before flying off to Russia for Belgium's 3-3 draw against Russia on Tuesday.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard took the time to visit his former youth team in Belgium Chelsea star Eden Hazard took the time to visit his former youth team in Belgium

Chelsea star Eden Hazard took the time to visit his former youth team in Belgium

The playmaker led Stade Brainois out as a mascot for their game on Sunday The playmaker led Stade Brainois out as a mascot for their game on Sunday

The playmaker led Stade Brainois out as a mascot for their game on Sunday

He made the trip to his boyhood side after Belgium had played in Brussels the previous night He made the trip to his boyhood side after Belgium had played in Brussels the previous night

He made the trip to his boyhood side after Belgium had played in Brussels the previous night

The forward received a warm welcome as he donned the club scarf and posed for photos with adoring fans. 

The Avenue du Stade was packed with spectators after an invitation to attend the match was sent out via Facebook - with cars flooding out onto the streets to park.

Hazard played for Stade Brainois until he was 12 and then made the move to Belgian second division side Tubiz before getting snapped up by Lille just two years later. He came to Stamford Bridge in 2012 and has lit up the Premier League ever since. 

The Belgium international has recaptured his most scintillating this season and the Blues are reaping the rewards.

The Stade Brainois faithful were overjoyed to see their biggest export return to the club The Stade Brainois faithful were overjoyed to see their biggest export return to the club

The Stade Brainois faithful were overjoyed to see their biggest export return to the club

He posed for a team photo with them while donning the club scarf before the game He posed for a team photo with them while donning the club scarf before the game

He posed for a team photo with them while donning the club scarf before the game

Fans turned out in their replica Chelsea strips hoping for a signature from the 26-year-old Fans turned out in their replica Chelsea strips hoping for a signature from the 26-year-old

Fans turned out in their replica Chelsea strips hoping for a signature from the 26-year-old

Antonio Conte's men are clear front-runners to claim their fifth Premier League title - 10 points ahead of nearest challengers Tottenham.

And Conte will be keen to tie down his key playmaker and will be buoyed by Hazard's comments on his Chelsea future amid talks that Real Madrid are heavily interested in the Chelsea man.

'Maybe I will live in Belgium, to be close to the family, or else I could go somewhere with nice weather,' he told the club's website in a Q&A. 

'My kids are very settled in London so it could be here, that’s a long way off yet so we will see.'

But before the Blues' resolve is tested this summer, they must first ensure the league title is wrapped up as they return from the international break against Crystal Palace this Saturday.

Hazard looks on as he lines up with the teams before kick-off on Sunday Hazard looks on as he lines up with the teams before kick-off on Sunday

Hazard looks on as he lines up with the teams before kick-off on Sunday

Hazard had photographs with the childrean at the ground as they flocked to meet the Belgian Hazard had photographs with the childrean at the ground as they flocked to meet the Belgian

Hazard had photographs with the childrean at the ground as they flocked to meet the Belgian

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