Roberto Mancini has revealed he is interested in signing Lille’s Eden Hazard at the end of the season, insisting that the in-demand youngster could do ‘great things’ with Manchester City.
Hazard has attracted interest from all over Europe this season after declaring his intentions to leave the Lille, with Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham amongst a host of leading European clubs in the race to land the promising youngster.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson have already travelled to France to watch the 21-year-old in action, with both declaring themselves admirers of the talented youngster’s ability.
Mancini has also run the rule over Hazard in recent months after watching Lille take on Valenciennes last month, and the Italian has admitted he would like to see Hazard move to the Etihad Stadium in the summer.
"I like Hazard a lot," the Italian told France Football.
"He's a good player, he's young and he would do great things in our team."
Hazard has spoken out in preference of moves to Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United over the course of the season, while he recently admitted he was ‘flattered’ that Ferguson had made the journey to watch him play.
Mancini concedes that he faces a tough job in landing Hazard in the summer, but has urged him to consider that Etihad Stadium as his destination, describing City as the ‘perfect destination’ for him.
"Given his technical qualities, City would be the perfect destination for him," he commented.
"I know him and have been following him for a long time. He's a player a lot of teams want."