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Lille insist Liverpool do not have option on Hazard

Lille deny Liverpool now have first option on Eden Hazard as part of the loan deal for Joe Cole.

Cole's exit from Liverpool could have a knock-on effect at Arsenal with the Reds rumoured to have first option on signing Lille star Eden Hazard.

"There is absolutely nothing in that," Lille GM Dmitri Pacquet told The Independent. "There is no link between Joe Cole and Eden. There has been no discussion.

"We know Eden Hazard is interesting some of the best clubs in Europe, but he is here and part of the project."

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