Hazard bids Lille farewell
Belgian playmaker confirms exit plans on Twitter
Last Updated: May 12, 2012 11:09pm
Eden Hazard: Getting emotional about his final two games at Lille
Premier League target Eden Hazard has taken to Twitter to announce that he has two games remaining in Lille colours.
Hazard's future has been the subject of speculation for some time and he has been linked with several of the leading clubs in England, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.
There have also been reports of a bidding war between Manchester United and Manchester City and Hazard refused to confirm which club he would rather join earlier this week when he said he could wear red or blue.
But it does seem certain that the playmaker's time at Lille will come to an end when the season finishes, after he confirmed his exit plans.
"Two games more to play in the colours of LOSC [Lille] ...Sniff," the 21-year-old tweeted.
Hazard joined Lille from Belgian side AFC Tubize in July 2006 and made his professional debut under coach Claude Puel at the age of just 16 in November 2007.
Lille have already secured a place in next season's Champions League but must win their penultimate match at league leaders Montpellier on Sunday to stand any chance of retaining their Ligue 1 crown.
Hazard has been named Ligue 1's Player of the Season by L'Equipe after scoring 17 goals and contributing 15 assists in the league.
Lille boss Rudi Garcia believes the Belgium international has gone from strength to strength this season and still has room for further improvement.
"He should be part of the best players on earth, it is his destiny," Garcia said in L'Equipe.
"He has learnt football is not always played with ball. On a tactical level, he has hugely improved.
"He has moved better and his team-mates can find him more often. During the last few weeks, we also changed the system and he is at the heart of the game."