Lille starlet Eden Hazard - arguably the hottest property in European football - appears set to snub interest from Barclays Premier League clubs, including Chelsea and Liverpool, after admitting a move to Inter Milan would be a huge honour.
Less than 24 hours after the Daily Mirror reported that Real Madrid were leading the race for the £40 million-rated playmaker, quotes have emerged from the Belgian revealing that the San Siro is now a favorable destination when he leaves Ligue 1.
"Inter is a fantastic team with legendary players like Zanetti and Stankovic," said the 20-year-old.
"If you play for a club like Inter, then you have the qualities necessary to be considered a top player. Me to Inter? When a club that has won everything wants you, it is a huge honour and it makes me proud."
The news will come as a particular blow to a string of clubs in England, but particularly Chelsea after it was revealed by Lille academy director Jean-Michel Vandamme that the Blues were 'closest' to signing the player.
"Eden is certainly willing to stay at Lille at least until next summer. Chelsea has been following him the closest," he said back in October.
Andre Villas-Boas was reportedly keen on adding the player to his growing crop of young players at Stamford Bridge, with the former Porto boss investing heavily in under-23s at Chelsea.
Juan Mata, Oriol Romeu and Romelu Lukaku were all drafted in to bring the age of the Chelsea squad down during the summer transfer window, but it appears that Hazard is now an unlikely addition for the west London outfit.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have held a long-term interest in the player, with director of football Damien Comolli thought to be an admirer of the prodigious talent.
The Reds have also put an emphasis on bringing young players to Anfield during the Frenchman's time in a senior position, with Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson proving that Liverpool are willing to spend big to bring these players to Merseyside.
Kenny Dalglish is also thought to be a fan of last season's Ligue 1 player of the year, but Liverpool can also expect to now miss out on the 24-cap international.News Now - Sport News