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 By Ian Holyman

Eden Hazard beats Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku to win Belgium award

Sid Lowe explains how Eden Hazard could pave the way for a move from Chelsea to Real Madrid and what it would mean for certain Madrid stars.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has seen off the challenge of Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku to be named the Belgian FA (KBVB)'s "Devil of the Year."

Hazard came out on top in an Internet poll organised by his country's national federation, earning 10,280 votes to succeed Dries Mertens as the Belgian national team's top man.

That put him well ahead of De Bruyne, who polled 4,710 votes, with Lukaku third on 3,223.

Hazard wins despite suffering an ankle fracture on international duty last season, which meant he played just half of Belgium's 10 fixtures in 2017, scoring four times and providing two assists.

Hazard's Chelsea teammates Michy Batshuayi and Thibaut Courtois were also in the running for the award along with Lukaku's United teammate Marouane Fellaini, Napoli's Dries Mertens, Crystal Palace forward Christian Benteke, Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen and West Bromwich Albion's Nacer Chadli.

Ian is ESPN's French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman

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