What the stars say about new Chelsea mega bucks signing Eden Hazard
He wants a guaranteed start, his own position and about 200,000-quid-a-week. Sounds like Lille star Eden Hazard is more trouble than he's worth. But for some of the game's greats, the Belgian will be well worth the hassle for Chelsea and their next manager:
Laurent Blanc - France coach
"We know very well that player, since he has been in the championship of France for some time. This is a young player, you forget he's only 20 years old, and he tries to score in each game. Belgium are blessed with a very talented player."
Rudi Garcia - Lille coach
"We know that Eden is irreplaceable in his style. There are problems finding a player of his profile, he is unique. I think we will definitely need two players to compensate for his departure. This is an exceptional player, an extraordinary footballer who will make history."
Mathieu Debuchy - Lille fullback
"We'll have to fill the departure of this golden nugget. The club will struggle to replace him. On the field and off, he's someone wonderful. He has reached a plateau this season. Evolving with a very big club would be good for him.
"He can adapt very quickly because he handles pressure well, and shows he has a mature head on his shoulders. He'll do fine without us even though he was sometimes protected."
George Leekens - former Belgium coach
"He must manage his career. He's a boy who now says he does not like to work. This is a fantastic job, being a footballer. Thank God that he has been given this quality. This is for him to question himself."
Zinedine Zidane - Real Madrid director
"I'd bring Hazard to Real eyes closed. I would sign him."
Roberto Mancini - Manchester City manager
"Yes, he impresses me greatly. This is a good player, he is young, and he would do very good things in our team. Seeing his technical qualities, City would be the perfect destination for him. I know him well, I've followed him for a long time. He is a player that many teams want."
Rene Meulensteen - Manchester United assistant coach
"Hazard is a special talent, but at United, we do not buy a player overnight. Ferguson also wants to get to know the man behind the player."
Sir Alex Ferguson - Manchester United manager
"When I came to attend the match Lyon-Lille, I followed Eden Hazard, of course, but also other players. Hazard is a very good player. He has many qualities. He is particularly quick over the first ten metres."
Marc Wilmots - Belgium coach
"When we have a player like him, we must play him to his strengths. But I don't want to create a diva. There will be no special treatment. But I want him to stay fresh during games and for that, he must play with less stress.
"He's now improved his passing in the attacking third. It's something new. Ten months ago I told him he needed to improve his goalscoring - and he's exceeded that aspect by all expectations. Everytime I challenge him, he meets it! If we keep going like this, he'll be phenomenal!
"I know that he dreamed of wearing the number 10 for the national team- and he will! Eden is a kid who needs to receive love and trust to give the full measure of his talent. This boy, as bright as he is, will now have to show this job is right for him. And therefore also accept the pressure which comes with this new status.
"His next transfer will improve him more. The national team is a step up from Lille. But I have no doubts about him and will help the boy. I am confident of his success."