Eden Hazard: Chelsea’s Champions League success was key
Eden Hazard says Chelsea had the "most convincing argument" of the clubs interested in his signature this summer
Eden Hazard claims Chelsea produced “the most convincing argument” of the clubs interested in his signature this summer thanks to the Blues’ Champions League triumph.
The 21-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City and Manchester United, but opted to join Roberto Di Matteo’s side and completed a reported £34m switch from Lille to Stamford Bridge last month.
“Chelsea had the most convincing argument for me to join and obviously being the Champions League winners was a big factor in my choice,” Hazard told Sky Sports.
“Chelsea is a fantastic club with fantastic players and they can give me the best possible chance to progress as a player.
“It’s a slightly less important reason but London is also a bit closer to Belgium than Manchester and I can get home a little easier from here.”
Hazard scored 20 goals in 38 appearances for Lille last season as he helped Rudi Garcia’s side finish in third place and qualify for the Champions League.
The Belgium international, who won the league and cup double at Lille in 2011, is now relishing the opportunity to test himself in what the playmaker describes as the best league in the world.
“I have a particular affinity to the Premier League,” he added. “It’s the best league in the world and it’s a really exciting challenge to be a part of that.
“The atmosphere inside the stadiums is better than anywhere else in the world and it’s also a very competitive league with a lot of teams capable of winning it.
“Last season showed it is always an exciting competition and when you look at what Manchester City have been doing in the last couple of years, you know they will continue to progress.
“Moving to England is stepping up to a different level and definitely involves more pressure. But I am ready for that.”