Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the reasons for his failure to sign Chelsea star Eden Hazard while he was still a Lille player.
The Gunners were one of the many big clubs tracking the Belgian international attacker while he was still playing in France’s Ligue 1, but Wenger has now stated that he was too expensive for the club at the time.
Chelsea paid £32m to bring Hazard to Stamford Bridge in 2012, and he has proven a huge success in English football so far, looking a big favourite to win the PFA Player of the Year award this term.
Hazard is also on extremely high wages of £150,000 per week, which would eclipse any player currently on the books at the Emirates Stadium, with Wenger using this as justification for not signing the 24-year-old earlier in his career, according to The Sun.
“I have no big regrets about Hazard because there was so much money involved and at the time we could not afford it,” he said.
Arsenal are known for not spending big on players in recent years, until more recent signings of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.