I want to move to England, says Hazard
Eden Hazard may have sparked a bidding war among Premier League clubs after revealing on Sunday that his preferred destination when he leaves Lille next summer is England.
The 21-year-old Belgian international announced in October that he intends to leave Lille at the end of the season and when asked on Canal+ where he would like to go, he replied: "England."
"After thinking about it, I'm leaning towards England," he said.
"It's a style of play that suits me and it's there that you can learn the most."
"I want to play at a big club, but I don't want to sit on the bench," he said. "It needs to be a club that plays good football."
Canal+ pundit Christophe Dugarry told Hazard: "I bet it's Chelsea."
Hazard, though, kept his cards close to his chest and replied: "Well, you're free to place your bets."
Hazard was elected Ligue 1's Player of the Season after helping Lille to a league and French Cup double last season.
He scored his eighth league goal of the current campaign and made another for debutant Nolan Roux in Lille's 3-0 defeat of Saint-Etienne on Saturday, which kept Rudi Garcia's side in third place in the Ligue 1 table.
Hazard was also asked if there was any chance he could leave Lille before the winter transfer window closes on Tuesday, but he replied: "No. It's impossible."
The skilful attacking midfielder has attracted attention from some of Europe's biggest clubs in recent years and is likely to command a transfer fee in excess of 30 million euros ($39.6m).
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