Lilleâ€™s most important piece of business, aside from landing Cole, was managing to retain the services of Belgian winger Hazard, who was linked with Arsenal.
And Cole said: "The way Lille play reminds me a little bit of Barcelona.
"They pass the ball quickly and well. Hazard is a great player.
"It will be a great challenge to play for a team that wants to progress. I feel the club are moving in the right direction."