Eden Hazard: Catch Me If You Can!

Football is never short of wannabe Peles, Maradonas, and Zidanes. Most fizzle out over the course of a couple of seasons, failing to achieve the stratospheric targets set for them. But Eden Hazard seems different, he doesnai??i??t strike you as being one to fall short.

Having gotten better with every passing season, he can boldly lay claim to being the hottest property on the transfer market this summer, as clubs jostle to sign him up.Ai??In pole position to acquire his services areAi??Manchester City – they haveAi??allegedly even been taking Eden Hazard house-hunting in a bid to secure his signature!

Eden Hazard is a 21 year old midfielder in FC Lille

Eden Hazard attracts interest from top clubs like Manchester City

Make way for me!

Manchester City favorites to sign Eden Hazard

In The Beginning

Eden Hazard, who began playing football at the age of four, started with Royal Stade Brainois, a small club in the Wallonia region of Belgium. After eight years he moved to A.F.C Tubize, another small club in Belgium, where he played from 2003-05.

While at A.F.C Tubize, Eden was spotted by a Lille scout who introduced him to French football and was given the youth contract. Eden Hazard spent two years in the youth academy before getting promoted to the clubai??i??s reserve team.

During 2008-09 season, manager Rudi Garcia, promoted Eden to the senior team permanently as a winger or a central attacking midfielder. Until the departures of playmakers Cabaye and Gervinho in 2011, Eden primarily played as a winger; his two-footedness letting him switch flanks with great ease.

Manchester City favorites to sign Eden Hazard

The Cup Overfloweth

He has racked up 46 goals and 36 assists in 187 appearances for Lille! Eden Hazard was instrumental in guiding Lille to the Ligue 1 title and Coupe de France in 2010-11. He was also conferred with French footballai??i??s highest individual honor, when he was named the youngest ever winner of the UNFPAi??Ligue 1Ai??Player of the Year in the same season.

After having won major titles with Lille, he now wants to move to a club with a great history and a determination to rank among Europeai??i??s best sides.

Manchester City favorites to sign Eden Hazard

Crystal Ball Gazing: The Dilemma for Eden Hazard

While Manchester City remain favorites to sign the Belgian, other clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham are some of the clubs currently tracking the 21-year old midfielder.

Backed with financial muscle and pedigree, each of these clubs deserves Eden Hazard’s careful and undivided attention before he makes his decision. But which club heai??i??d fit in best, is a matter of intense debate.

Manchester City favorites to sign Eden Hazard

Real Madrid

Who would Mourinho sideline, if Eden does move to Santiago Bernabeu? Sahin, Kaka, Ozil, Callejon, Di Maria, Granero and Diarra already fight over the same few spots, that Hazard will have to play in.

Even with the possibility that Kaka and Diarra might be offloaded this summer and keeping in mind the rotation policy in force at Madrid, Eden will still have to fight his way past the 5 remaining players in order to feature in the starting line-up.

It would be unfair to Eden Hazard, if Mourinho decided to bring him into a team already bursting at the seams with such talent in midfield.

Manchester City favorites to sign Eden Hazard

Chelsea

If Chelsea decides to offload Essien, Malouda and the back-in-vogue Kalou, then the chances of the Blues getting Eden Hazard to the Bridge will be much higher.

An important factor in his decision would be the chance to participate in the Champions League next season. If Chelsea get beaten by Bayern Munich in the Champions League Finals, then Edenai??i??s move to Chelsea F.C would very well fall apart.

Also, Chelsea might just have it in them to manage one more season with Ramires, Oriol Romeu, Juan Mata and Raul Meireles along with Kalou, Essien, Mikel and Malouda without finding a depleted bench staring them in the face.

Harry would fancy Eden Hazard at White Hart Lane

Would Harry fancy Eden Hazard at White Hart Lane?

Care to hazard a guess where Eden's going to next?

Manchester City favorites to sign Eden Hazard

Tottenham Hotspur

Joining the Spurs wouldnai??i??t be a bad idea! Manager Harry Redknapp has been clearly interested in the Belgian and has already urged the club chairman to sign the sought-after midfielder. Redknapp wants the club to invest big in quality players like Eden Hazard, regularly, if the White Hart Lane club are to compete for the top four positions in Premier league and Champions League spot.

Van der Vaart is 29 and Scott Parker is 31; Kranjcar and Sandro are injury-prone andAi??nobody knows whatAi??the future holds for Bale and Modric; in these circumstances, Harry Redknapp would naturally look to Eden Hazard as the most obvious option.

There is no doubt that Harry would love to see him play for Tottenham F.C, but would the club be ready to break the bank and match the demands of Lille, who expect no less than A?33million?

Manchester City favorites to sign Eden Hazard

Arsenal

Not many expected to see Arsenal in the third position, after making a disastrous start to the season. Itai??i??s been a one man ai??i?? read van Persie – show throughout this season but successful clubs cannot depend on one man alone. Arsenal need to buy quality players such as Eden Hazard, and quickly, if theyai??i??re hoping to win trophies.

Rosicky and Arteta are both above 30 and past their prime, Diaby is injury prone while Song needs considerable support from others. Ramsey, Wilshire and Chamberlain are the only three upcoming positives that Arsene Wenger can boast of in a shaky squad.

But imagine the potency of midfield with Walcott and Chamberlain on the flanks and Wilshire and Eden Hazard occupying the center. Fans would be delighted to see such a development at Arsenal F.C, if Wenger can somehow persuade the Belgian to join him at the Emirates, that is. It will take him A?33million, and that might be a deal-breaker for Arsene Wenger.

Manchester City favorites to sign Eden Hazard

Manchester United

The return of Paul Scholes to Unitedai??i??s squad on 8th Jan, 2012, in a FA Cup match against Manchester City surprised everyone. With Anderson, Darren Fletcher and Cleverley out due to injuries, it was a case of do-or-die for Fergie in recalling the 37 year old master.

Bolstering the midfield will be high on Sir Alex Fergusonai??i??s list of priorities. Eden Hazard, described as a defenderai??i??s nightmare, with his technical ability along with his pace and creativity makes him just the right person to take over from Scholes.

Alex Ferguson, who watched Eden Hazard play against Lyon, earlier this month, said ‘He is a very good player and has a lot of qualities. He is particularly fast over the first 10 yards.‘ In return, the Lille star has admitted that he would be ready to listen to any offer from Manchester United.

In prime position to sign Eden Hazard, is Manchester City’s Mancini

In prime position to sign Eden Hazard

He's all mine, says Mancini

Manchester City favorites to sign Eden

Manchester City

The Etihad is overloaded with stars. There is far too much quality in the midfield with first team regulars like Yaya Toure, David Silva, Samir Nasri and Gareth Barry along with support from some talented players like James Milner, Adam Johnson, Nigel de Jong and Owen Hargreaves.

It would seem counter-productive on the part of City to make things even more complex by bringing in Eden Hazard, just when the midfield is getting their act together under the leadership of Yaya Toure. Hazard too, would want to get involved in the playing squad right away and would not want to fight for a place. However, the chance to participate in the Champions League coupled with the sky-high wages that come with signing for City, are likely to make Mancini the favorite to snap up young Eden Hazard. It clearly helps to throw in a house too.

– Nandan Gururaj

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6 Responses to “Eden Hazard – Why Manchester City And Others Want Him”

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  1. ugo says:

    Eden pleasea come to the bridge

  2. jay says:

    come to city and win

  3. Pauly Blue says:

    I’m not so sure about that, City have only one winger in Adam Johnson and he hasn’t exactly set his position in stone over the past season due to inconsistency. It’s been our lack of width that has cost points this season, when teams have sat back and parked the bus, it’s wide players like Hazard that would stretch the play and help break teams down. So Mancini could easily find room for him as a regular player, & besides with the Premier League, Champions league, FA & League cup competitions it’s hardly like he’ll be sat on the bench. I’m thinking he may just be at City next season, obviously time will tell, but surely if City win the league Mancini will get his top target?!

  4. Alphie_Izzett says:

    True City have 8 midfielders for 4 places but that is par for the course in a top squad. Two outfield players for each position and three keepers. Hargreaves and Pizzaro (not mentioned) will leave for sure and if Adam Johnson wants more football he will be allowed to leave. He is mega talented but doesn’t dedicate himself to his career in terms of application and lifestyle as does James Milner, for instance, and it’s probably too late for him to change. That leaves two places in the squad and with the cream of the Academy and EDS (Denis Suarez, Joan Angel Roman, Gai Assulin, Abdul Razak) either not yet ready or not showing the required and consistent quality yet, two incomers are rquired. One needs to be a pacy winger/wide MF with versatility and goals, obviously Eden Hazard is in the frame, but Vladimir Weiss has improved greatly at Espagnol this season and could be worth a recall when his season long loan finishes. The other player needed is a young talent able to grow into Yaya’s boots, either in Yaya’s image or, maybe better still, in the image of Patrick Vieira.

    City don’t need another striker but should one leave there is a ready made replacement at Feyenoord and Big John Guidetti is already a City player.

    The future is good, I have seen into the future and the future is pale blue!

  5. Aditya Sharma says:

    ” ‘I have already said that my wish is to go to the Premier League,’ Hazard told Canal+. ‘It’s the blue that I’ll be wearing next season. Definitely the blue.’ ”

    (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2141673/Eden-Hazard-says-wear-blue-season.html?ito=feeds-newsxml)