After being spotted playing in his native Belgium at the age of 14, Eden Hazard was offered the chance to move to France and sign for Lille - and he has never looked back since that 2005 switch from Tubize.
Having made his professional debut at the age of just 16, Hazard was tipped for the top of the game. Whilst he didn't score in his first season, Hazard eventually became a more important player for Lille, going on to make almost 200 appearances and scoring 50 goals whilst establishing himself in the Belgium national squad.
Unsurprisingly, Hazard's exploits in France didn't go unnoticed and 2012 saw one of Europe's biggest transfer scrambles of recent times. Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all wanted to bring Hazard to the Premier League, and despite United seemingly leading the chase, it was Chelsea who landed Hazard in a £32m deal.
Hazard has since become one of the Premier League's most dangerous players after racking up 31 goals in 114 games for Jose Mourinho's men, and now, the 23-year-old has revealed that it was former Blues playmaker Joe Cole who convinced him to sign for Chelsea after the duo spent time together at Lille in the season leading up his transfer.
"Yes. He said to me before when he was in Lille, 'You have to be in Chelsea, you have to go to Chelsea because it's the right club for you'. I was like, 'OK, Joe I go'," said Hazard on Sky Sports.
Hazard has since been linked with a move back to France with Paris Saint-Germain, but reports this week suggest that the Belgian is set to sign a new £200,000-per-week contract to stay in West London - and Chelsea have former fan favourite Cole to thank for pushing him towards Stamford Bridge in the first place.