Emirates Stadium and Stamford Bridge target re-iterates plans to make summer Premier League move.
Highly-rated playmaker Eden Hazard has confirmed he wants to move to the Premier League, but he intends to finish the season at Lille.
The Belgium international is among the most coveted young footballers in Europe and has been linked with a string of major clubs.
Inter Milan and Paris St Germain are rumoured to be admirers of the 21-year-old, while London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea have regularly been credited with an interest.
However, Hazard has ruled out leaving Lille before the close of the January transfer window as he wants to remain part of the club’s bid to successfully defend the Ligue 1 title.
Hazard could depart at the conclusion of the campaign, though, and has admitted his preference is to play in the Premier League.
“I think I’m heading to England, the style of play suits me,” he said.
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This statement will greatly please Arsene Wenger and Andre Villas-Boas, not least because there had been growing speculation that big spending Ligue 1 table toppers PSG were said to be leading the chase for the 21 year old Belgian international.
Eden Hazard has been in sparkling for over the past 18 months and after helping Rudi Garcia’s side to their first domestic title in over 50 years the young attacking midfielder has once again led Lille to within reach of silverware. The Stade Metropole side are just seven points off the pace in third spot, having lost just twice in 21 matches.
Arsene Wenger has been linked with interest in Hazard for the best part of two years and many see the youngster as the player who could best replace Samir Nasri, after the Frenchman left for Man City last summer. The adaptable Lille man can play in a number of positions but is most effective in a floating role that is more commonly used out wide.
With the likes of Theo Walcott and Andrei Arshavin putting in inconsistent displays this term there may well be a great need for such a player and clearly the youngster will be aware of Wenger’s reputation when it comes to making household names out of youthful talents.
However perhaps Chelsea will prove more of an interesting prospect for Hazard. Andre Villas-Boas is a coach who also believes in trusting to youth and the Blues boss is looking to build a Stamford Bridge squad for the future and to that end brought in the likes of Juan Mata, Oriol Romeu and Romelu Lukaku whilst offloading Nicolas Anelka and Alex.
A lot could well depend on which of the two interested Premier League sides secures a top four finish and therefore the resultant Champions League spot. Chelsea lead Arsenal in that pursuit at present, with the West London side pulling five points clear of their North London rivals.