Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard is aiming to emulate Frank Lampard during his time with the club.
The attack-minded Belgian has been a big hit in the Premier League since his arrival back in the summer of 2012, scoring a hatful of goals and creating even more at Stamford Bridge.
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Despite their differing positions, Lampard enjoyed a similar role during his time at Chelsea, going on to become the club’s record goalscorer in the process.
He reminded the Blues of his ability in front of goal last weekend, but that hasn’t put Hazard off the veteran, describing him as an ‘inspiration’ to footballers everywhere.
"I would love to succeed like Frank did - play like he did and win the prizes he has won," Hazard told The Sun on Sunday.
"He is an inspiration, not just for me and everyone at Chelsea but every footballer. Whoever loves the game - even if they are not a Chelsea fan - will tell you Frank is a great player.
"His record is magnificent. That's why he is a Chelsea legend and always will be.”
Lampard scored 211 goals during his 13 years with the Blues, winning three Premier League titles, two FA Cups and, of course, one Champions League on that famous night in Europe.
Hazard, meanwhile, left Lille after winning a Ligue 1 title in France, and was part of the Chelsea side that won the Europa League in 2012/13. Lampard also played in that side.
Last season’s Chelsea player of the year under manager Jose Mourinho, the 23-year-old remains a key figure in the side in west London despite the arrival of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa in the summer. 'The Special One' continues to turn to Hazard when it matters.
And, he hopes to take things to the next level in his bid to follow in an idol’s footsteps at Chelsea.