Hazard 'hopeful' of Spurs deal

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Lille winger Eden Hazard had denied he's agreed a deal to join Tottenham Hotspur, but admits he's hopeful of a move to north London in the future.

The 21-year-old has been linked with a host of Europe's biggest sides, with Barcelona, Chelsea and Real Madrid among those regarded as potential suitors.

Hazard revealed his intentions last year to leave the Ligue 1 champions this summer, but has rubbished claims he's already agreed a deal with Harry Redknapp's side.

"I have not signed anything at Tottenham," Hazard said.

"Maybe I will play there next season. It is a nice club with a lot of good players and absolutely a top coach."

However, he later added: "The transfer is still pending. I have not signed anything yet, but I hope it will happen in the near future."

The signing of the Belgian international would be a major coup for Tottenham, who are all but assured a place in next season's Champions League with 10 points separating them from fifth placed Chelsea with just 13 games remaining in the Premier League.

While a switch to White Hart Lane appears close to completion, Hazard hasn't ruled out a potential move to Spain.

"Perhaps Spanish football would be better for me, rather than the English," he added. "But if you want to be champion, you would need to play with Barcelona or Real Madrid.

"The opportunities would be much smaller. The competition would be strong at Tottenham too, but less so that at Barca or Real. I think I can learn the most in England. You play a big game every week and the atmosphere is great."

Hazard would join a Spurs arsenal which already includes Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Jermain Defoe and Rafael van der Vaart.

With Redknapp odds on to become the new England manager, news regarding Hazard is the first evidence that Tottenham are planning ahead of the current campaign, a definitive sign that the 64-year-old boss is yet to decide where his long-term future lies.

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