Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp revealed yesterday how he attempted to sign Chelsea wizard Eden Hazard while managing Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
The 23-year-old winger joined the Blues in the summer of 2013 for a reported £32 million fee from French outfit Lille.
He has since gone on to become one of the best wingers in the world, winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award last season and drawing comparisons with superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Renowned for his superb ball control, Hazard has averaged a whopping 5.3 dribbles per game this season as he torments Premier League defenders in front of a delighted Stamford Bridge crowd.
While the Belgian international has been a revelation in West London, Spurs fans and former boss Harry Redknapp can only look back on what could have been had things turned out a little differently.
Speaking ahead of QPR’s clash with Jose Mourinho’s side, Redknapp admitted having an extensive chat with Hazard over the possibility of joining Spurs when managing the White Hart Lane outfit.
"I tried to get him [Eden Hazard] at Tottenham - spent four hours with him in a hotel talking to him about coming to Spurs.’’ He said, quoted by the Mirror.
Hazard made 32 Premier League starts for the Blues last season, scoring an impressive 14 goals while adding a further seven assists.
The thought of him and Gareth Bale on the wings at White Hart Lane is certainly one to ponder and it’s safe to say how different things would have been had Harry been granted his wish.