Star reveals he would have joined Chelsea’s London rivals.
Chelsea star Eden Hazard has revealed he would likely be playing for Tottenham had they qualified for this season’s Champions League.
The 21-year-old Belgium forward moved to Stamford Bridge from Lille this summer, but could have ended up in north rather than west London.
“It’s true that Tottenham tempted me because it was a young team which was third in the league,” Hazard said in a France Football article quoted in the Daily Mail.
“Unfortunately, the end of the season did not go well. They did not reach the Champions League, which tipped the balance.”
Chelsea won the Champions League last season, which ultimately cost Spurs their place, but Hazard did not enjoy the manner in which they did it.
“Nobody was really a fan of Chelsea’s game last season,” he said.
“The directors told me they were going to recruit good players with whom I could play decent football. Marko Marin, Oscar and me, we like to have the ball at our feet. Juan Mata likes the ball, so does Ramires.
“The title of European champions, and Champions League qualification, counted for a lot because the club was not doing well in the league.
“Once Chelsea won the final, it was a natural choice.”
SOURCE: Evening Standard
Really, Eden? Did Spurs not qualifying for the Champions League tip the balance? Or was it when Chelsea offered you £200,000 a week?
The Belgian winger has admitted that he could be wearing the white of Tottenham rather than the blue of Chelsea this season, had his current employers not won the Champions League, denying 4th-placed Spurs a place in the competition.
It’s an interesting admission but ultimately it seems pretty hard to believe. It’s true that Spurs were linked with Hazard towards the end of last season but the north Londoners were never likely to triumph in a battle that saw Man City, Man United and Chelsea competing for the playmaker’s signature.
After all, Spurs transfer record is the £16.5m they paid Blackburn for David Bentley (depressing, isn’t it?) and Hazard was sold for double that fee. With the north Londoners saving for a new stadium, the last thing Daniel Levy is likely to do is sanction a huge expenditure, particularly when there are bargains – like the £6m Clint Dempsey – to be had.
Even if Spurs had been willing to blow all the Luka Modric money on Hazard, it took the club months to finalise a deal with Emmanuel Adebayor, who was demanding wages in excess of £120,000, and they would never have been able to match City, United or Chelsea’s weekly offerings.
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