Roberto Di Matteo believes Eden Hazard had the potential to become an "artist" for Chelsea in the same mould as Gianfranco Zola.

Hazard only made his Barclays Premier League debut on Sunday but such was his impact against Wigan that the £32million man is already being tipped to be one of the stars of this season and beyond.

Manager Di Matteo warned against making snap judgments about the 21-year-old playmaker but admitted he could see similarities with Zola, who he starred alongside for both Chelsea and Italy during the 1990s. He said: "It's difficult to compare players. Gianfranco was a wonderful talent, an artist I would say. Eden might become an artist as well."

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