Garcia - Hazard timing off
Rudi Garcia believes Eden Hazard could have chosen a better time to talk about his future, but has no issue with the comments he made.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 02/11/11 4:07pm
Lille boss Rudi Garcia believes Eden Hazard could have chosen a better time to talk about his future, but has no issue with the comments he made.
The Belgian starlet revealed on Monday that he is planning to head for pastures new at the end of the season.
Having been strongly linked with a number of Europe's top clubs in the recent past, the 20-year-old playmaker believes the time is right to move on.
He claims AC Milan and Inter Milan have both expressed an interest in acquiring his services, while the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal are also known to be keen.
Garcia will be a reluctant seller when the time comes to offload Hazard, but he is realistic enough to appreciate that such a day was always going to arrive.
With that in mind, he has refused to condemn the youngster for discussing his future.
He would, however, have preferred Hazard to have waited until after a crucial UEFA Champions League clash with Inter on Wednesday before offering his thoughts.
"Hazard's words? I have no problem with the content," Garcia told France Football.
"He has only repeated what everyone has known for a while. The timing was not the best.
"It was, however, the journalists that set the timing. Someone mentioned a French club being interested in Eden and he replied. He did it in a good way."