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Chelsea splashed €35m to sign Eden Hazard from Lille in the summer of 2012. The Belgian attracted massive interest from Premier League sides, but it was Chelsea who eventually won the race for his signing.
The likes of Tottenham and Manchester City were strongly linked with Hazard, but Chelsea eventually lured him with a better salary and of course, Champions League football.
Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, has revealed how his side was unable to sign Hazard, having finished 4th in the Premier League back in 2012. Chelsea were awarded the opportunity to play in the Champions League ahead of Spurs, despite a fourth place finish, as the Blues won the Champions League.
Hazard only wanted to move to a Champions League side, and Spurs hopes were dashed.
“We had seen him [Hazard] at Lille and he was our top target in the summer,” Harry Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“He wanted to play Champions League football and we had finished fourth, while Chelsea finished in sixth. But then, Chelsea won the Champions League and took our spot in the competition next season.”
Hazard will then go on to become one of the best players the Premier League has ever seen.