Eden Hazard admits he almost joined Ajax when he was 12

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Eden Hazard has spoken about his near move to Ajax when he was not yet a teenager.

Eden Hazard is set to sign a contract extension with Chelsea in the coming weeks as the club look to tie down the extravagant Belgian for the long-term, after several links to other clubs in recent months.

It has been suggested that Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are both keen on the player - but Chelsea are certain they can convince their tricky maestro to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard has of course been a long heralded talent. Chelsea fought hard to snap up Hazard from Lille back in 2012 - eventually shelling out £32 million on the player.

But fighting for his signature is not a new thing, in fact, it was happening to him when he was just 12-years-old.

In an interview with Voetbal International Hazard has revealed that, aged 12, he very nearly decided to go and play in Holland - with the mighty youth system at Ajax.

He says of his near Amsterdam switch:

"The Ajax offer was concrete, I remember. I was 12 years old and went with my then amateur team to a tournament at Standard Liege. I think I played quite well, because Ajax, one of the other participants, did some checking on me.

"Anyway, it ultimately did not happen. Two years later I went to the youth team of Lille."

The rest, as they say, is history.

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