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Hazard raps Garcia: Drogba convinced me about Chelsea

Eden Hazard says Didier Drogba convinced him about joining Chelsea.

Hazard's former Lille manager Rudi Garcia has claimed in his autobiography that it took a personal plea from Roman Abramovich over the phone - promising to triple Hazard's pay - that sealed the deal.

He said: "I didn't want to go to Chelsea because I wanted to play the Champions League and they were sixth in the league.

"I was convinced when they won the Champions League in 2012.

"At the time, Roberto Di Matteo really wanted me, they had Juan Mata, and Oscar had been bought. I was told: 'You'll see, Chelsea will play football'.

"Gervinho called me and said: 'Someone's on the phone'. I didn't know who it was but it was Drogba, he wanted me to sign.

"I was flattered, he was maybe the best striker in the world. In my head, I wasn't going to sign, but in the end I was very pleased with my choice. I didn't speak to Abramovich.

"I don't know why coach Garcia wrote that in his book."

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