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Lille winger Eden Hazard says he was made aware of Roberto Mancini's presence at his side's victory over Valenciennes on Sunday.

The Belgian winger is highly coveted throughout Europe, and Manchester City's ambition to become a super-power on the continent could draw them towards a summer bid for the 21-year-old.

Hazard scored one and made two in front of the onlooking Mancini, and the starlet was informed about the Italian's presence prior to kick off.

"I was aware that Roberto Mancini was there," Hazard told French TV station Canal+.

"The manager (Rudi Garcia) told me... I wasn't thinking about it. I was trying to play to the best of my abilities.

"We'll see later. I'm concentrating on Lille this season."

After revealing last year his plans to leave Lille and French football at the end of the season, numerous clubs from across Europe have been linked with his services.

City's substantial wealth, which makes them a genuine contender to sign any of Europe's finest talents, means they're likely to be interested, while neighbours Manchester United, as well as Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have all been linked with his signature.

La Liga pair Barcelona and Real Madrid could also contest for Hazard, who helped Lille to the Ligue 1 title lasts season.

Serie A strugglers Inter Milan and French league leaders Paris St Germain make up the plethora of clubs who have been rumoured to be preparing a move for Hazard, with a frenetic summer expected.

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