Liverpool's hopes of signing Eden Hazard this summer have been dealt a major blow after the player confirmed his desire to stay in France according to talkSPORT.
The 20-year-old Belgian international winger has drawn many plaudits for some of his scintillating displays for Lille this season, on the way to helping them to the French Ligue 1 title.
Hazard capped a fine season when he was named UNFP Player of the Year yesterday evening as the union of professional players and coaches presented its annual accolades.
Reds manager Kenny Dalglish has been heavily linked with a summer approach for Hazard, with Liverpool thought to have already made a tentative offer of €23million to bring him to Anfield in June.
Director of football Damien Comolli is on the lookout for two wide midfield additions in a bid to strengthen Liverpool's ranks next season, and with the financial backing of club owners Fenway Sports Group, it appeared that no player is out of reach for the Merseysiders.
However, a recent club source stated that Hazard is not interested in a summer switch to Liverpool and is in fact happy at Lille – a club who can now offer him Champions League football.
"Eden has chosen to stay. He has a contract until 2015 and now Champions League football. Everything points towards staying."
Hazard was named the best young player in Ligue 1 for the past two seasons and stepped up as the youngest player ever to scoop the top award after netting seven times this term to help the club to their first title since 1954.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have also been previously credited with an interest in Hazard, but it is Liverpool who will be the most disappointed by the latest developments in the ongoing transfer saga of one of Europe’s brightest young talents.