Real Madrid star Eden Hazard has been touted as one of the best players in the world. The former Chelsea man joined Real Madrid after spending seven successful years at Stamford Bridge. On his 29th birthday, let us look at a time when the Belgian international had ditched Sir Alex Ferguson to join Chelsea.
Eden Hazard was wanted by many top European clubs when it was clear that the then 21-year-old youngster wanted to leave Lille in his pursuit of a big role at a bigger club. Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea aimed at bringing the Belgian to the Premier League. United had just lost the Premier League title to City on the final day of the campaign. Sir Alex Ferguson was looking to sign Hazard to usher in a new era at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson seemed to have informed Hazard about their efforts in supporting young stars to fulfill their ambitions with the club. Ferguson also cited the example of former United star Cristiano Ronaldo who won the Champions League collectively along with the Ballon d’Or for his magnificent performance. However, Chelsea’s triumph in the Champions League that season compelled Hazard to move to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea were also the only club to meet the player’s wage demands as well as his agent’s £6 million fees.
After losing out on signing Hazard, United responded by signing Robin van Persie for a reported fee of £22 million. He played an important role in the Red Devils’ Premier League triumph in Ferguson’s final season. During his seven seasons at Chelsea, Hazard made a total of 352 appearances while also scoring 110 goals.
During his stint at Stamford Bridge, Hazard won two Premier League titles along with two Europa League titles. After a successful term with Chelsea, Hazard agreed to a deal to join Real Madrid in the previous summer.