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Hazard: "I think I'm heading to England"

January 29, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Highly-rated Lille winger Eden Hazard has revealed he wants to move to England this summer after denying reports of a possible transfer to Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain.

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GettyImagesBelgium attacker Eden Hazard is one of the most highly-rated young players in Europe

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Hazard, 21, has been linked to some of Europe's biggest clubs, including Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea and, though PSG have targeted him following their inability to sign either Carlos Tevez or Alexandre Pato, said he will stay with Lille until the summer when he hopes to join a Premier League side.

However, the player would not reveal his preferred destination.

"I have [played in] over 100 Ligue 1 matches, I'm young but I want to know anything else," he told Canal+. "Paris is tempting with the players there now but I prefer to go abroad.

"I think I'm heading to England, the style of play suits me there and I think it's in this league that I can learn as much," said the Belgium international, who was voted Ligue 1's best player last season. "We know the great English clubs. It will be a club where I'm sure to play with a play style that suits me."

Should any move to the Premier League become permanent, Hazard will join young compatriots Romelu Lukaku and Thibault Courtois, who joined Chelsea last summer, in doing so, though Courtois has spent the season on loan at Atletico Madrid.

He also insisted there is no chance of him leaving before Tuesday's transfer deadline.

"No, it's impossible,'' he said. "I still have lots of things to do with Lille, we could win one or two trophies.

"I want to concentrate on my game and enjoy life with my public and my team. I am not leaving.''