Cole says Liverpool, Chelsea target Hazard just like Messi

Joe Cole has likened Lille teammate Eden Hazard to Lionel Messi. Cole is on-loan at Lille from Liverpool and isn't surprised to hear the Reds, Chelsea and Arsenal are chasing the Belgian.

Joe Cole has likened Lille teammate Eden Hazard to Lionel Messi.

Cole is on-loan at Lille from Liverpool and isn't surprised to hear the Reds, Chelsea and Arsenal are chasing the Belgian.

He told talkSPORT: “Hazard is different class. He’s still only 21 and has definitely got another few gears to go up. He’s got the same attitude as Rooney at that age – he’s fearless.

“He knows how good he is, and that’s a positive. All the top players have got that belief and a bit of presence and arrogance, and he’s like that.

“He’s a bit like Messi. There’s only one Messi and I don’t want to put pressure on the kid, but he’s like him – short, squat, powerful legs, great touch, he can finish, he’s got everything.”

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