Sunday, April 29th, 2012
Highly rated Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard played a crucial role in Lille securing a comeback win over PSG in Ligue 1 on Sunday night and then confirmed he would like to play Premier League football next season.
As Manchester City prepare to host Manchester United in what appears to be a title decider on Monday night it seems likely that the two northern giants will also be battling it out for the services of Hazard in the summer.
During the big Ligue 1 clash of the weekend, which all but assured Montpellier of the title, Hazard equalised with a penalty and then set up the winner with an audacious rabona assist for Nolan Roux.
In a post-match interview with Canal +, Hazard said: “I wish to finish the season well with Lille before leaving for England… I want to play in England, it’s what I’ve decided to do.”
In attendance at the Stade Garland were Sir Alex Ferguson’s brother, and trusted scout, Martin Atkinson, as well as Patrick Vieira, the Football Development Executive at Manchester City.
Vieira even tweeted a picture to his followers on Twitter that proved he was at the game which suggests Manchester City are confident of capturing one of the brightest talents in world football.
Last month, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was spotted on a scouting mission to watch Hazard.
Other English clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs have also been linked.