Laurent Blanc has refused to rule out a summer bid for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard
Blanc, speaking on the eve of his sides Champions League quarter-final clash with Chelsea, has praised the Belgian’s talent and refused to rule out a bid for him at the end of the season.
Hazard has scored 23 goals in 66 appearances for Chelsea since arriving from Lille in 2012, and has had a stellar campaign for Chelsea this season. He is the top goal scorer at Stamford Bridge with 15 goals and has seven assists to his name.
His imperious form will surely see him challenge the likes of Luis Suarez and Yaya Toure for the PFA Player of the Year. Hazard's form has now attracted the attention of Europe’s biggest spenders, and PSG come with more financial firepower than any.
Blanc has admitted he admires Hazard as a player and believes he can be even better.
“We know Eden Hazard very well in France,” Blanc told reporters at his pre-match press conference.
“I played against him as a coach, and he was always very impressive, one on one, and how fast on his feet. He's scored goals at Chelsea in England and has the freedom to go everywhere when Chelsea are in a difficult moment. He's still young and has a very bright future.”
Asked if PSG would launch a bid for Hazard this summer, Blanc replied: “Let's play the two games against Chelsea.”
Chelsea face PSG on Wednesday night in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, and Hazard will need to be on top form to ensure his current side progress at the expense of his big spending admirers.