Harry Redknapp: Eden Hazard wanted to come to Tottenham
Harry Redknapp reveals that he held talks with Eden Hazard about the possibility of him joining Tottenham
Harry Redknapp has claimed that Eden Hazard was keen on joining Tottenham during his spell as Spurs boss.
Redknapp, who was in charge at White Hart Lane between 2008 and 2012, revealed that he held discussions with the Belgian playmaker while the midfielder was still playing for French side Lille.
Hazard was apparently keen on a move to the north London club, before eventually opting to join their local rivals Chelsea back in the summer of 2012.
Redknapp also revealed that he held talks with Thibaut Courtois’ parents about the possibility of signing the goalkeeper when he was still a teenager, before his switch to Chelsea.
Speaking in an interview with FourFourTwo, Redknapp said: “There are a few players around in the Premier League that I [liked], like [Eden] Hazard.
“I met Hazard out in Paris in a hotel for two hours. He was wanting to come to Tottenham.
“Also Courtois the goalkeeper, we had his mum and dad over. We had a meeting with [chairman] Daniel Levy, him and his mum and dad. We were in for him when he was probably 17. We could have had him.”
Hazard was in top form for Chelsea as he helped Jose Mourinho’s men win the Premier League and League Cup in the Portuguese coach’s second season back in charge.
The Belgium international scored 14 top-flight goals and made nine assists in the Premier League to help Chelsea win the league.