Chelsea’s Portuguese manager declared his belief that the Belgian is the world’s best youngster following the Blues’ defeat of Manchester City on Monday – opining that with work, he can reach the level of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Hazard’s second term at Stamford Bridge has thus far been a widely-acclaimed success, the youngster already having equaled the nine Premier League goals he scored in his debut season in west London.
A colossal 11 dribbles won saw the former Lille man wreak havoc on Manuel Pellegrini’s men in an encapsulation of his talent - in arguably Chelsea’s most important game to date.
And Galli, agent of Sassuolo starlet Berardi, is inclined to go along with the tag that Mourinho has bestowed upon the plaudit-winning Belgium international.
“Everyone knows who best evaluates profiles,” he told Gianlucadimarzio.com.
“If Mourinho says that he [Hazard] will be number one among many top players, I don’t think there is another in the world.”
However, Galli was still quick to bring his own client into the conversation.
At just 19, Berardi has been a revelation in his maiden top flight adventure – hitting 12 goals in 17 appearances to prop up relegation strugglers Sassuolo.
A four-goal display against giants AC Milan on January 12 saw him burst onto the radar of top clubs – Sir Alex Ferguson having allegedly already wanted him during his final season on the bench at Old Trafford.
Reports have suggested that Manchester United are readying a £19m summer for the ‘next Del Piero' – even as co-owners Juventus look ready to integrate him into the fold ahead of 2014-15.
“I might seem biased given that I represent him, but the facts speak for themselves,” Galli said of Berardi. “I say as an insider that Berardi is one of the best youngsters in Italy.
“He’s doing well in what is his first year in Serie A, in a team fighting for their lives.
“For this reason, even if I have a preference at the international level, I would say the same of Berardi.”
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