The young Belgian international winger is a wanted man by almost every big club in Europe, but it looks likely the youngster is staying put for at least another season.
Hazard played 37 times in Lille’s Championship winning side this season, scoring seven and assisting eight. He was one of the stars of French First division champions. And still only 20 years of age, he is fully aware of the interest that’s been shown in him, most noticeably by Real Madrid, Arsenal and PSG.
The problem is, Lille has already sold one of their prizes assets Gervhino to Arsenal, and although Wenger has been a keen admirer, it is highly unlikely Lille will part with another one of their young stars.
The 20-year-old Hazard has a contract until the summer of 2015 with Lille and club president Michel Seydoux has already made it clear that he has no intention of selling the winger.
“Eden is not available for transfer. We have met, and the decision is that it he will not be sold for any price. We have won two trophies this season and have a project we are working on. “Hazard is included in this plan and is an integral part of it. That is why he will not be leaving.”
Although the player himself has stated his ambition to play in a major Championship, he will probably wait another season, as his current club will be playing in the next champion’s league campaign, there have been strong rumours of Arsenal wanting to sign him, but the asking price of at least £16 – 20 million being quoted has put Arsene winger off, hence why he has now turned to Juan Mata of Valencia.
For the present the player himself seems happy to stay where he is
“I am still a Lille player at the moment and am not thinking about a transfer. I have plenty of things to learn at my current club,”
Hazard was quoted as saying by L’Equipe.
“I’m a part of the team. I’ve spoken to the manager and I know what I have at Lille. There’s a good atmosphere in the squad and I’m surrounded by players who play good football.”
Whatever happens, i believe if Lille have another successful season in the French league and a decent champions league run, the big clubs in Spain and England will come calling, and it will be his last season in French football.
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