PSG star: ' In Paris, we need players like Hazard'

After scoring his first ever Premier League hat-trick, Chelsea star Eden Hazard seems to remain a target for French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Hazard is easily one of the best players currently playing in the English Premier League, so it's no surprise that he is now constantly linked with a future move to Europe’s best (and richest) sides.

Speaking the Sunday’s print edition of French sports paper L’Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian defender Thiago Silva was quoted saying that Hazard would be welcomed to Paris with open arms: 'He's a player that I love. Technically, tactically, he is very strong. All the biggest players are welcome in Paris ... In Paris, we need players like Hazard to help the success of this project for the coming years.

'If he decided to come, the group will welcome him with open arms, as they have done for all recruits'.

After winning the 2010/11 French league title with Lille, Hazard was linked with top clubs around Europe. At that time, Paris Saint-Germain were desperate to land the Belgian winger, but Lille’s insistence that he not be sold to a rival club meant that he was destined to go abroad.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal were all heavily linked with the young talent, but it was Chelsea who secured his signature after lifting the 2012 Champions League trophy. Hazard ended his final season in Lille scoring a career high 20 league goals for the second season in a row, and was crowned the best player in France that season.

Under the guidance of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, Hazard has the opportunity, however, to become one of the best players in Europe. His performances this season have led to comparisons with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. And Hell would probably have to freeze over before Mourinho sold Hazard - whatever ridiculous fee was on offer from the likes of PSG.

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