Young Belgian starlet Eden Hazard has recently revealed that he would consider a move to Arsenal at the end of this season. Could he be yet another promising prospect for Wenger to work his magic on?
The 19-year-old winger is one of Europe’s hottest properties after some outstanding performances for Ligue 1 outfit Lille, which has also earned him great praise from French legend Zinedine Zidane, who himself has pleaded with Real Madrid to snap him up next summer.
There have been a number of top European clubs who have been tracking the young Belgian international, but it is believed that Arsenal are the clear frontrunners to land the winger. Hazard has been very impressed with the way Arsene Wenger has brought through young talent over the years, which include the likes of Robin Van Persie, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, and sees this as being his best option should he decide to leave Lille at the end of the season.
Whilst it would be a massive step up to play for Real Madrid, Hazard thinks it is just too early in his career to make such an illustrious move to the Santiago Bernabeu. He told Sky Sports:
‘I am young, not 20 until next month, and it will be difficult to break through in a team like Real, where (Cristiano) Ronaldo and Kaka are my competitors. But there are teams like Arsenal, where youngsters can grow more easily into the first team and make their mark.’
Eden Hazard joint Lille in 2005, but did not make his first senior appearance for the club until November 2007. The Belgian youngster has since made over 100 appearances (in all competitions) for the Ligue 1 side and has bagged 20 goals along the way. Hazard is known for his creativity, technical ability, skill and speed, which has led to the media comparing the forward to world-class stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Reports suggest that Lille are prepared to let their rising star depart next summer but will demand at least £18-20 million for the player. The price tag looks a bit overwhelming for such a young player, and will no doubt scare off small spender Wenger. However, should the player’s price drop before next years summer window, I’m sure Wenger would seriously consider acquiring him.
Personally, I would love to see this guy at Arsenal next season, as he looks a fine player. At 19 years of age, he possesses great talent which would be wasted if he signs for Real Madrid, as he wouldn’t play week in week out.
I am not trying to be bias, but Hazard’s best move would be to Arsenal, as they have proven to be the best club for young footballers to learn and excel their trade.
Arsene Wenger has produced and brought through a number of talented players at Arsenal since his arrival in 1996. So, if Eden Hazard does decide to join Arsenal next season, then I’m sure Wenger (as he has done in the past) will make the young Belgian star into a world-class act for the future.
Here is a video of what this talented kid can do…enjoy:
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