Wednesday, 28th March, 2012
Eden Hazard could already be playing for Chelsea if the Blues had followed the advice of scout Guy Hillion.
The Belgian forward, who currently plays for Lille and is the hottest property in world football, was recommended to Chelsea by Hillion when he was just 17 years old, as the scout spotted the talent that was set to blossom.
Now Chelsea are amongst a whole host of clubs preparing to make a big money offer to buy the 21-year-old from Rudi Garcia’s French champions in the summer – yet they could easily have already boasted Hazard’s talents.
"I noticed him when he was 17", Hillion told Sudpresse.
"I gave his name to Chelsea", added the scout.
"If it had been up to me then he would be playing in a blue jersey right now."
Hazard could still end up at Stamford Bridge in time for the 2012/13 campaign, though the English giants will have to splash out a substantial fee to make that happen.
One key factor which may determine the force with which the Blues’ pursue Hazard is who the club opt to appoint as their new permanent manager.
France coach Laurent Blanc is the latest to be linked with the role, with sources in his homeland claiming the 46-year-old already has an offer from Chelsea.
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