Normally being described as a rat isn’t exactly a compliment – but apparently Eden Hazard doesn’t realise that.

The Belgium international compared new Chelsea team-mate N’Golo Kante to the much-maligned rodent after his performance in the 3-0 win over Burnley at the weekend.

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Hazard told Chelsea TV: “He gives us confidence. We want to try to dribble and to pass the opponent because we know even if we try but don’t pass the opponent and if we lose the ball then he is there behind us, he can take the ball.

“He is a fantastic player. He is a like a rat, he goes everywhere and he has a top mentality and is a top guy. It is always good to play with the top players.”

Kante, bless him, did his best to take it as a compliment – although he had to have “rat” retranslated as “mouse” before he understood, and mice are much nicer than rats.

Hazard seems to have a thing for animals. He once described Kurt Zouma as a kangaroo because of his jumping ability.