Arsenal target Eden Hazard has revealed that he is ready to leave Lille in the summer, according to the Daily Mail.
The 20-year-old Belgian winger, who has attracted interest from a number of top European clubs including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan, insists he is ready to depart the Ligue 1 outfit this summer, but indicated that a move to Italy, rather than the other top leagues in Europe, would be more likely to ensue.
Hazard was quoted in Telefoot after Lille’s 1-0 victory over PSG in the Coupe de France:
‘I want to play at a big club. And in Italy we know there are many. I have no preference. A major championship, I feel like it. But for now, I am with Lille.’
However, Lille coach, Rudi Garcia, feels the youngster should remain with LOSC, citing guaranteed first-team football as the main reason for him to stay:
‘Eden must take steps. The next is for him to play in the Champions League with us rather than going to the bench at a big club.’
Undoubtedly Hazard is Lille’s prize asset, and with several clubs around Europe baying for his signature, as well as the recent revelation from the player himself expressing his desire to leave the French club this summer, Rudi Garcia is almost certainly beginning to sweat profusely under the collar.
Garcia also mentioned that Hazard would be spending most of his time warming the bench if he were to move to a big club. To an extent the Lille manager is correct, but this purely depends on what club the Belgium international decides to join. If Hazard decides to join Barcelona or Real Madrid, then more than likely he would play a cameo role for them and nothing more, as both sides ooze world-class talent.