Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that Eden Hazard has the qualities necessary to become a Red Devils player.
Ferguson personally watched the Belgian forward last month as Lille took on Lyon in a Ligue 1 encounter, with Hazard on the losing side during a tense 2-1 affair. The United boss was impressed by what he saw, leading to speculation that a big-money offer could be on the cards this summer for one of Europe's hottest properties.
Speaking to French radio station RMC, Ferguson said: "When I went to watch Lyon versus Lille last time of course I saw Hazard playing but also other players, which is part of my job.
"I can confirm Hazard is a very good player, he has so many qualities, he is very fast over the first ten metres."
The 21-year-old winger has shone brightly in Ligue 1, winning the Player of the Year award last year, the youngest ever to do so, as his side completed a memorable league and cup double.
A regular in the Belgian national team since the age of 17, Hazard already has 26 caps to his name and has the pedigree to slot straight into United's midfield. However, competition on the wings at Old Trafford is stiff, with Antonio Valencia enjoying a standout season and Ashley Young and Nani also impressing.
Hazard is widely expected to leave France this summer, with most top European clubs on alert should he become available. The Premier League remains a likely destination however, with Spurs and Arsenal also thought to be interested. Ferguson has shown the signs that he could move first to seal the deal, however.