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Is Eden Hazard Having A Laugh?

Is Eden Hazard Having A Laugh?

The very public Premier League dalliance that Lille and Belgium's Eden Hazard has embarked upon is threatening to backfire upon the 21 year old midfielder and his agent...

There is no doubt that Hazard is a cracking little player and that the young winger has a potentially stunning career ahead of him, but the 'will I, won't I' manner of his television interviews is beginning to grate at English clubs intent upon securing his services.

City, United, Chelsea and Spurs are all reported to be in the running but at the same time would be justified in beginning to question the alleged money demands that have been touted, not least the way the player is going about his business.

Sources close to two of the negotiating clubs involved have revealed frustration that Hazard's agent Marc Formeaux is after bagging £5 million from any deal. Worse still, the salary requested is £200,000 per week which would bring the youngster level with City's highest earners, established internationals Carlos Tévez and Yaya Touré. Every rag's favourite scouser Wayne Rugney earns one fifth extra and it's doubtful that the newly laden with fresh debt Stretfords will be prepared to countenance a similar salary for a kid who hasn't played at the very highest club level consistently yet.

There appears to be an astonishing lack of realism in the Hazard camp. Last December, Formeaux revealed:

'In France, people are talking about an offer of €30m from City and that he would then be loaned back to Lille for free until June. The player himself has declared that he wants to play for Madrid.'

Hazard turned up at the recent Manchester Derby and courted the hacks again with the soundbite: 'I will be wearing Blue next season.'

Following his brilliant hat-trick display this week in his final game for Lille, he declared to Canal Plus:

'It is possible that Chelsea's arrival at the negotiation table will delay things, as nothing is done. My agent has met with Manchester and with Chelsea. They both give good offers...I don't know. It's not been finalised yet...Chelsea makes you hesitate. They've won the Champions League and they'll be in it next season...For now nothing's been decided but it will be soon. Now I want to join up with the national team and then go on holiday.'

There's a clear and present risk of pricing himself out of the market. Despite what some hacks might tell you, following the initial raft of signings Mark Hughes made at City and the chastening public experience The Blues suffered at the hands of Silvio Berlusconi over Kaka, the club have taken a hard line in transfer dealings.

The Blues have washed their hands of numerous player's demands in recent years. Just ask Samuel Eto'o.

It's already being reported today that City are getting cold feet. Looking at The Blues' situation over Hazard in isolation, how can a young player no matter how good he is expect to walk straight into a championship winning side and out-earn the trophy winning likes of Silva, Aguero, Kompany and Balotelli?

Certainly, Chelsea and the rags, both in need of freshening up ageing squads could well be asking themselves the same question.




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Writer:Johnny Baguette Champions Newsdesk
Date:Tuesday May 22 2012
Time: 10:17AM

Comments

0
Beginning to question whether I even want this fella at our club anymore. This is proper transfer circus *****. Beware the EGO!
rojo2010
22/05/2012 11:32:00
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Hope he flops wherever he goes... Don't think i need to worry about him at spurs tbh.
TopSpur13
22/05/2012 11:44:00
0
Bit harsh, what did he do on you TopSpur?
Bluedub
22/05/2012 11:48:00
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lol@TopSpur... Thats right , you dont need to worry about Hazard - hes looking for Champions League football
Blue_Mel
22/05/2012 11:55:00
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He's well known in France as a 'media whore'. Do we really need someone like Beckham at our great club?
jackblue
22/05/2012 12:18:00
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Have to say I understand his reasons for flirting with so many clubs - he and his agent are clearly looking for the most lucrative deal, and fair play to them for that. However, he's not really doing his image any favours by publicly courting so many clubs and (allegedly) demanding so much cash to "grace" whichever club blinks first and offers him what he thinks he's worth. Whoever signs him will have to pay, and then all the pressure will be on Eden Hazard to prove that he's worth it all. And the bigger the fee/wages, the bigger the pressure. Just hope he realises what he's letting himself in for by doing this. My bet is that it's his agent doing all the running on this one, and not necessarily in Hazard's best interests either.
fifthcolumnblue
22/05/2012 12:27:00
0
£200k a week for a 21 year old player that looks great on tape in a somewhat weak French league? No thanks.
PhillyBlueMoon
22/05/2012 12:59:00
0
5th, he's all over the french media train, giving interviews, saying this and that and whatever he wants. Yeah his agent is pulling the strings but this is the difference between a player with class and a player with none. Like Tevez listening to Kia.
rojo2010
22/05/2012 14:03:00
0
let Chelsea have him, and we can go for Torres, as next choice..... as he will want to leave, even after Drogba going in June, the CL Final may have been the last straw..... so a Hazard warning at the Bridge....
cityman51
22/05/2012 19:39:00
0
Great player just seems a bit too big for his boots.
P.Avfc
22/05/2012 20:35:00
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