Eden Hazard is a good ‘all-rounder’ says football pundit
Former Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been the subject of much speculation recently over a potential return to Stamford Bridge. But the Real Madrid man has made an Arsenal declaration which he says is ‘difficult to admit’.
Belgium international Hazard starred at Chelsea, scoring 110 goals in 352 games to help fire the Blues to two Premier League titles and two Europa League triumphs.
The 30-year-old has struggled with injuries since his £130million move to Madrid in 2019, having made just 35 appearances for Zinedine Zidane’s side.
That has led to speculation the La Liga giants could cash in on him in the summer transfer window, and it has been claimed that Chelsea transfer guru Marina Granovskaia has been in regular contact with his representatives.
But Chelsea fans might not like Hazard’s latest admission after he revealed he was an Arsenal fan growing up.
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“When I was little the team I watched the most was the French national team,” he told On The Front Foot.
“For me, the players I looked up to were Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry, and it’s difficult for me to admit because of my relationship with Chelsea, but I really liked the Arsenal team at the time.
“They had players like Robert Pires, [Sylvain] Wiltord and [Patrick] Vieira, so it was mainly French players that I followed growing up.”
If Chelsea were to swoop for Hazard in the summer, they could still benefit from some of his best years, as the attacking midfielder plans to play until he is 36.
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“I’m just hoping to play football for as long as possible, and I always try to enjoy myself on the pitch,” he said.
“When it comes to the end of my career I can look back at my achievements, but my priority now is playing well and enjoying my football.
“I don’t think about where I will be in the next few years – I try to focus on the next match and the next training session.
“I’ve only just turned 30 so as long as my body feels good, hopefully I can keep playing for at least another five or six years.”
After missing most of the start of this season through a combination of injuries and coronavirus, Hazard played in five successive La Liga games after Christmas, before being ruled out of Saturday’s defeat to Huesca with a muscle injury.
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