Arsenal target 'dreamed' of Gunners move

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Arsene Wenger holds the cards over a possible move for Belgian youngster Eden Hazard.

The Arsenal boss has been monitoring Hazard for some time, with the 19-year-old bursting onto the scene in France as a 16-year-old at Lille.

Hazard has already made 52 appearances for the Ligue 1 side, as well as ten international caps for the national side after making his debut against Luxembourg in November 2008.

Manchester United have also watched the youngster in the past, and a host of clubs across Europe are all thought to be interested in the slight midfielder. Real Madrid are thought to be one club particularly interested, with Zinedine Zidane reportedly informing Florentino Perez that Hazard should be their top target.

A flowing style and wonderful passing ability have brought fair comparisons with Chelsea star Joe Cole, and it is perhaps unsurprising that Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho is also thought to be interested.

However, Hazard himself only has two clubs in mind if and when he leaves Lille, with whom he has a contract with until 2011.

A valuation of around £25 million might put off potential suitors, but with a contract expiring next year and the player holding ambitions of representing the elite in world football, a deal could be struck.

Hazard wants to stay in France for a few more years to continue his development, although some might have other ideas if they look to add players in this January window.

"Real Madrid and Arsenal are the clubs I dreamed of joining as a child," said Hazard.

"If I joined Inter or Barcelona and could play football there then that would be very good, but Real and Arsenal are really great and play at a very high technical level."

"I must repeat that it is too early to move. In one or two years I will maybe make the next step."

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