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  • Why Eden Hazard isn't ready for a move to Real Madrid

    Eden Hazard has been the best player this season, writes Tom Adams, but he isn't ready to follow Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale to the bright lights of La Liga.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho speaks with Eden HazardChelsea manager Jose Mourinho speaks with Eden Hazard

    Despite English football’s inflated sense of self-worth, it must accept it has effectively become a finishing school for Spain's biggest clubs in the past decade. Players are polished in the Premier League, their talent expands until the point that it eclipses all else in the division, and then they move to Real Madrid or Barcelona.

    There is a consistent, predatory pattern at play. In 2013-14, Luis Suarez performed a season-long detonation on Premier League defences, scoring 31 goals and claiming 12 assists, and was bought by Barcelona for £75 million. Twelve months previously it was Gareth

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  • England's classless fans have failed to show Steven Gerrard the respect he deserves

    After a glistening 17-year career for his beloved Liverpool, Steven Gerrard should be shown more respect by fans in England, writes Joshua Hayward

    Steven Gerrard (PA Sport)Steven Gerrard (PA Sport)

    Steven Gerrard made his 500th Premier League appearance for Liverpool on Saturday – a truly monumental achievement

    The 34-year-old joins an elite group to reach the milestone and is only one of three players to do so for one team. Gerrard’s former Liverpool team-mate Jamie Carragher made 508 appearances for the Reds during his 17-year spell with the club, while Ryan Giggs tops the list with 672 top-flight games for Manchester United.

    All allegiances aside, Carragher and Giggs are widely regarded as two of the best players to ever grace the Premier League; respected amongst rival fans and

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