Hazard Reveals Why He Signed For Chelsea And The Farewell Gift He Wants To Give The Fans

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Chelsea signed Eden Hazard from French side Lille in 2012, and the Belgian has gone on to become one of the best players in the world.

Chelsea overcame massive interest to sign Hazard as the Blues had to beat competition from Manchester United, Tottenham and especially Manchester City to sign the Belgian star.

Hazard has now revealed that two players played an influential role in his coming to Chelsea, as he mentioned Blues legend Didier Drogba and Chelsea great Joe Cole as the masterminds behind the deal.

“They were talking together,” Hazard told the Daily Mail when asked about the speculation over his future while he was at Lille.

“But not like with Chelsea. I had a chance to sign for Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, but I think I made the right decision.

“I spoke with the owner, with (then Chelsea boss) Roberto Di Matteo. I had Didier Drogba on the phone and Joe Cole (Hazard’s team-mate at Lille) told me it was the best club.

“I was a bit scared as when I came, Didier left and when you have Didier in the team, for sure you win a trophy.

“But at the end I played with top players. And if you look at my seven years at Chelsea we did something amazing together. We won trophies.”

Hazard is expected to leave Chelsea to Real Madrid at the end of the season, and the Europa League final against Arsenal is expected to be his last game for Chelsea. Hazard has admitted that winning the Europa League will be a good farewell gift for the fans.

Asked whether helping Chelsea beat Arsenal to win the Europa League would be the perfect farewell, Hazard responded: “Yes. I just want to win the trophy. It does not matter if I score or not.

“Of course I can put aside (the speculation). You know how I am. I stay in that mode: thinking about football. After the final we see what happens.”

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