Hazard fancies Chelsea whirl

Belgian wonder kid Eden Hazard announced on Twitter this evening that he would be joining Chelsea next season.

The man who led French club Lille to a 2010/11 League and Cup double under the guidance of coach Rudy Garcia, sparked a transfer scramble when he announced he would be leaving France for the Premiership. Inter and Real Madrid , whose director of football Zinedine Zadane, is an admirer were also said to be interested in the player compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

At one stage it appeared the attacking midfielder, who won the prestigious 2011 Bravo Award  given to the best under 23 player in Europe, had a straight choice between Manchester City or United, but since their victory in the Champions League  just over a week ago , the Stamford Bridge club had emerged as serious contenders for the Belgian international’s signature.

With an ageing squad badly need reinvigorating despite their unlikely European triumph, Hazard will be the first of many new faces in the Chelsea squad next season and his arrival is sure to increase speculation over the future of England international Frank Lampard, who was not a regular  under doomed boss Andre Villas Boas last season and has been coveted by Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid and Major League Soccer in the U.S.A. recently.

Hazard can play on either wing which would solve a problem of lack of real width that has dogged Chelsea for some years and as a goalscoring midfielder could fill the void  left when Lampard does eventually leave The Bridge.

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Iain Swan

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