AVB dismisses Hazard link


Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has rubbish reports suggesting he's preparing a move for Lille winger Eden Hazard.

Reports on Thursday had suggested The Blues were plotting a move for Hazard next summer, with a fee of around £25 million being linked with the Belgian international.

However, the Portuguese boss, talking as his pre-match press conference prior to the clash with Sunderland, has rejected talk of a move for the 21-year-old.

In October, Hazard revealed he was ready to leave Lille after, come the summer, will be seven years at the French champions.

"I am ready to go to the next level at a big club," Hazard said. "I won't leave in January. It would be silly to do so. But it's my last season at Lille.

"I stayed with Lille this year because I still had things to work on and prove. But now I'm ready. I feel able to play in another country.

"I do not want to go to a rival of Lille's in France," Hazard added. "It would be inconsistent. The fans would not understand."

Hazard's heroics for Lille in Ligue 1 have not gone unnoticed, with a host of Europe elite clubs reportedly interested in signing the player from next summer.

Lille's academy director Jean-Michel Vandamme said: "Yes, we have received a lot of very interesting proposals.

"But the clubs want the player immediately and on this we have a very clear idea: Hazard will remain at least until the end of the season. He will not go."

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