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Belgium: Hazard breaks silence over reported fight with De Bruyne

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Belgium are in serious danger of World Cup elimination ahead of their final group-stage game.

Eden Hazard has dismissed reports about his alleged fight with Kevin De Bruyne after Belgium’s shocking defeat against Morocco.

A 2-0 loss saw the Red Devils slip to third spot on the Group F table. After the game, Jan Vertonghen appeared to take a swipe at De Bruyne, who said Belgium were “too old” to push for the title in Qatar.

“I guess we attack badly because we are also too old up front,” Vertonghen told reporters post-match.

Reports then emerged of Vertonghen, Hazard, and De Bruyne being involved in a physical tussle in Belgium’s dressing room.

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Hazard confirms he talked to De Bruyne after the game but insists the Manchester City star “believes in the group”.

“Nothing happened in the dressing room,” he said. “Only the coach spoke. I spoke to Kevin De Bruyne, he does believe in the group.

“We had a good talk among the players. A lot has been said. We talked for an hour about good things and less good things. Now, we want to win against Croatia. We have to be ready.”

Belgium will take on Croatia in their last group-stage match on Thursday. The Red Devils currently sit behind Croatia and Morocco with three points from their first two matches.