Chelsea star Eden Hazard has the ability to play at a similar level to Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane, according to the Belgian national coach Marc Wilmots.
Sky Sports relay quotes from Wilmots which praise Hazard’s style of play and liken him to the former France international, despite the fact he’s only 23. The playmaker is enjoying a brilliant first campaign under Jose Mourinho, and his consistency has seen him labelled as being one of the brightest talents on the world stage.
Numerous plaudits have gone Hazard’s way, but perhaps the ones coming from his national coach are the most flattering yet. Wilmots said: "Eden's confirming it this season. Jose Mourinho has put some pressure on him, now he's praising him.
"I've once played a charity game with Zinedine Zidane. It was crazy. The ball was a part of him: nothing was impossible.
"I've the same feeling when I see Eden playing. He's so valuable.”
Whether or not he’s on the same level as Zizou just yet is likely to be a subject of much debate, but few can deny that Hazard isn’t providing substantial evidence towards the theory that he could be a leading player in years to come.
Having scored 15 goals in 41 games in all competitions this season the winger has become an integral part of Mourinho’s squad, and looks as though he will be a key player for the Blues going forward.