Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has tipped new Chelsea signing Eden Hazard to be an immediate success when he starts life in the Premier League next season.
Hazard was wanted by up to five Premier League clubs but appears to have settled on signing for the Blues, with the Belgian international claiming this week that he would sign for the ‘Champions League winners’.
While Chelsea have yet to confirm the signing reports in France suggest he will be unveiled as a Blues player on Sunday, and Gerrard, who will go up against Hazard when England play Belgium on Saturday, believes the 21-year-old has the ability to make an immediate impact in the Premier League.
"He’s well known in England,” Gerrard, who once came close to signing for Chelsea, said.
“I think Chelsea have done very well to sign a player of his calibre. He’s a world-class player and I’m sure he’ll set the Premier League alight.”
Frank Lampard was also impressed with Chelsea securing the signature of the Lille forward, saying earlier this week that he had heard good things about him from former Chelsea team-mate Joe Cole, who spent last season on loan with the Ligue 1 side.
“It is very exciting to hear the news. I haven't seen so much of the French football but everyone I speak to says he is a very top player, a very top young player," Lampard said.
"If he can bring that youth and hunger and ability into our team, then he'll be very welcome.
"Joe Cole knows him very well and spent a year at Lille with him.
"Talking about those type of players, Joe is very honest and knowledgeable and he has been very impressed with him."
Chelsea’s attack on the transfer market shows no sign of ending soon, with Porto forward Hulk believed to be on the verge of a £38 million move to Stamford Bridge.