Joe Cole: How I helped Chelsea sign Eden Hazard

The former Chelsea star reveals the role he played in Eden Hazard's move to Stamford Bridge in 2012

Chelsea striker Eden Hazard Photo: The Sport Review

Joe Cole has lifted the lid on his role in Eden Hazard’s move to Chelsea.

The Belgium international has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best players since his big-money move to Stamford Bridge from Ligue 1 side Lille in 2012.

Hazard opted to make the switch to Champions League winners Chelsea despite interest from Manchester City and Manchester United.

The 26-year-old arrived in west London having inspired Lille to Ligue 1 title glory in 2011 and linked up with Rafael Benitez’s squad for the 2012-13 season.

Hazard scored 14 goals in Chelsea’s title-winning season in 2014-15 under Jose Mourinho before he netted 16 times as Antonio Conte’s Blues side won the Premier League crown last term.

The Belgian forward has regularly been linked with a move to La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid given his impressive performances in a Chelsea shirt.

Former Blues midfielder Cole has revealed how he helped to convince the defending Premier League champions to sign Hazard after the pair were team-mates at French club Lille.

Chelsea lost 1-0 to London rivals West Ham at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday to fail to close the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City to eight points.

The Blues signed six players in the summer transfer window.

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