Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has backed Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans to become a world-class player in the wake of his performance for Belgium in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Russia.
Belgium played host to Russia in what was the first game of their qualifiers ahead of the 2020 European Championship and Youri Tielemans produced a man-of-the-match performance to lead his country to victory.
His performance showed why the Gunners wanted to sign the 21-year-old during the winter transfer window before Leicester City secured his loan transfer from French Ligue 1 club AS Monaco.
He has scored one goal and provided two assists in six games for the Foxes since his transfer.
Reacting to Tielemans’ performance against Russia, Chelsea talisman Hazard told reporters that Youri Tielemans has what it takes to be a world-class player.
Eden Hazard backed his international teammate to be a world beater in the nearest future.
Both Tielemans and Hazard were on the scoresheet for Belgium against the Russians.
Tielemans scored the opening goal of the game on 14 minutes before Denis Cheryshev equalised for the Russians two minutes later following an uncharacteristic error from Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Hazard scored a second goal for Belgium from the spot on the stroke of halftime before the Chelsea talisman wrapped up the 3-1 win for the Red Devils in the 88th minute.