Manchester City - Is Eden Hazard Having A Laugh?
UK time is: 03:18:13
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

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.




UPCOMING FIXTURES:
all times East Manchester

Fri 27 July Arsenal, Birds Nest Stadium, Beijing, Friendly
Su 12 August, Chelsea, Villa Park, Community Shield
Sa 18 August, To Be Confirmed, PL

- The 2012/13 Premier League season will kick off on Saturday the 18th August 2012. Fixtures will be announced around the middle of June, with the first set of television picks selected approximately 2-3 weeks later.





Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: Johnny Baguette Champions Newsdesk Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 22 2012

Time: 10:17AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Beginning to question whether I even want this fella at our club anymore. This is proper transfer circus *****. Beware the EGO!
rojo2010
Report Abuse
22/05/2012 11:32:00

Hope he flops wherever he goes... Don't think i need to worry about him at spurs tbh.
TopSpur13
Report Abuse
22/05/2012 11:44:00

Bit harsh, what did he do on you TopSpur?
Bluedub
Report Abuse
22/05/2012 11:48:00

lol@TopSpur... Thats right , you dont need to worry about Hazard - hes looking for Champions League football
Blue_Mel
Report Abuse
22/05/2012 11:55:00

He's well known in France as a 'media whore'. Do we really need someone like Beckham at our great club?
jackblue
Report Abuse
22/05/2012 12:18:00

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
Report Abuse
22/05/2012 12:27:00

£200k a week for a 21 year old player that looks great on tape in a somewhat weak French league? No thanks.
PhillyBlueMoon
Report Abuse
22/05/2012 12:59:00

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
Report Abuse
22/05/2012 14:03:00

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
Report Abuse
22/05/2012 19:39:00

Great player just seems a bit too big for his boots.
P.Avfc
Report Abuse
22/05/2012 20:35:00

Could be trouble ????
OziMan
Report Abuse
23/05/2012 07:25:00

Take Torres from us lads...I'd prefer it if you did. As for Hazard, we're getting just as annoyed with him as you are...
ucmyway
Report Abuse
28/05/2012 18:00:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester City Articles

Man City - FSF's May Newsletter (Friday May 29 2015)

Dynamo Cancelled (Friday May 29 2015)

Toronto 0-1 Manchester City (Thursday May 28 2015)

Toure & Toronto (Wednesday May 27 2015)

Audio - Pellegrini On Toure (Wednesday May 27 2015)

Infographic - Aguero In Alternate XI (Wednesday May 27 2015)

Jake's Southampton Report (Tuesday May 26 2015)

Aguero's Surprise Inclusion (Tuesday May 26 2015)

Toure Will See Out His Contract (Monday May 25 2015)

Archived Manchester City Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Johnny Baguette 533
2. Bluedub 283
3. Buzz Lightyear 222
4. Skoorb 193
5. citizhun 162
6. OziMan 142
7. CITYBOY1000 129
8. Colin Is The King 128
9. kennyclementstache 121
10. fifthcolumnblue 81

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Man City 2 - 0 Southampton
Swansea 2 - 4 Man City
Man City 6 - 0 Q.P.R.
Spurs 0 - 1 Man City
Man City 3 - 2 Aston Villa
Man City 2 - 0 West Ham

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 38 26 9 3 +41 87
2. Man City 38 24 7 7 +45 79
3. Arsenal 38 22 9 7 +35 75
4. Man Utd 38 20 10 8 +25 70
5. Spurs 38 19 7 12 +5 64
6. Liverpool 38 18 8 12 +4 62
7. Southampton 38 18 6 14 +21 60

Breaking League News

Consequences of schism
» Chelsea : 29/05/2015 20:44:01
Diego Costa in Another Injury Scare!
» Chelsea : 29/05/2015 18:57:01
Atsu Joins Bournemouth
» Chelsea : 29/05/2015 18:49:01
Hendon Pens Two-Year Orient Deal
» West Ham : 29/05/2015 18:40:01
United Swooping for French Teenager
» Man Utd : 29/05/2015 18:32:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Which Was Your Favourite Win From City's 18 Point Bagging Run-in?
Suggested By:  Shaun Gloater
West Ham 2-0 7%
Villa 3-2 8%
Spurs 0-1 16%
QPR 6-0 4%
Swansea 2-4 45%
Southampton 2-0 20%