Zinedine Zidane has sparked a potential transfer battle with Chelsea after claiming that Eden Hazard excites him more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The Real Madrid reserve boss was unashamed in his praise for Hazard, who could be named PFA Player of the Year this weekend.
Zidane’s comments are sure to agitate those at Stamford Bridge, who only tied the Belgian down to a new five-year deal in February.
‘Obviously, there is Lionel Messi and Ronaldo, both of whom are spectacular, but I like Eden Hazard more,’ Zidane said to Maxifoot.
‘I like everything he does on the field. I like his behaviour, his decisiveness and love to see his progress every year.
Hazard’s form for Jose Mourinho’s side has been a major contributing factor in Chelsea’s impending Premier League title victory this season.
That and his new deal will mean the Blues are sure to firmly resist any offers if they were to materialise.
Zidane added: “There is still scope for further progress, and if Chelsea are to win the league this season, Eden will have had a lot to do with it.”
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