Chelsea, Inter enter Hazard race

Chelsea and Inter Milan both entered the race to sign Lille's star winger Eden Hazard as the French club are set to cash in on the youngster.

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The 20-year-old was one of the most sought-after prospects in football over the summer, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City all linked with a move for him.

Hazard remained at the Stade Metropole this summer, but it seems unlikely that he will stay beyond next year's transfer window.

Lille academy director Jean-Michel Vandamme revealed that the club is expecting to cash in on the sought-after Belgian with most of Europe's top clubs already keeping tabs on him.

He was quote as saying on the Daily Mail: "Eden is certainly willing to stay at Lille at least until next summer,

"Chelsea has been following him the closest. The Spaniards have not manifested themselves yet, but I think they are playing it smart and will call when they know they have to - I'm talking about Real Madrid, but also about Barcelona.

"The buyer will have to come up with a lot of money - let's say he is not currently to go for less than £40million."

Patrick Vieira, who is currently a development director at Manchester City, was spotted in the Stade Metropole watching Hazard play against Inter Milan in the Champions League mid-week.

Inter captain Javier Zanetti was the one who had the closest look, having had first-hand experience of Hazard's capabilities in the flanks. 

He said: "Eden is a player that I like. And I know that Inter are watching him. The club is very interested in this player. In my opinion, he has the level to play for us."



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