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Eden Hazard has revealed Chelsea legend Didier Drogba played a huge role in his transfer to Chelsea in the summer of 2012.
Several other clubs including Manchester United and Manchester City were interested in the Belgian but Hazard chose Chelsea instead.
Hazard told Het Laatste Nieuws: “Suddenly Gervinho’s phone rang in the dressing room near Lille. It was Drogba on the line. He insisted that he tell me, ‘I need to talk to him’.
“Drogba said to me, ‘You have to come to Chelsea.’
“At that moment I was still in doubt. Chelsea was not doing well in the Premier League. They wouldn’t play Champions League the following year. [But] After that final, the choice was made quickly.”
Hazard added: “I knew I would easily adapt. London, close to home, not too far from Lille. [Kevin] De Bruyne had played there, Romelu [Lukaku] was around. There were enough French speakers. I knew I would play enough. I was only sad that he, Drogba, decided to leave.”