Chelsea star Eden Hazard could one day replace Lionel Messi at Barcelona, according to the man who sold the Belgian to Roberto Di Matteo's side.
Lille president Michel Seydoux believes Hazard will eventually swap London for Barcelona, despite only having joined Chelsea this summer.
That transfer was the result of a protracted saga, as Manchester City and Manchester United courted the Belgium international before he opted for the Blues.
But Seydoux revealed he's made a bet with friends that Hazard will one day play for Barca.
Speaking to L'Equipe, Seydoux said: "I made a bet with people. The bet was that Hazard would play for Barcelona. He is a phenomenon and one day he will replace Lionel Messi in the Barca team."
The Chelsea playmaker has started the season in sparkling form, and has quickly established himself as the focal point of a new look Blues attack.
The 21-year-old is four years younger than Messi, but has been compared to the Argentinian superstar for his creativity, low centre of gravity, and style of play.
The Catalan giants are unlikely to sell the three-time Ballon d'Or winner, but Seydoux believes, should they sell, Hazard would be a more than capable replacement.
Chelsea face Juventus tonight in their first Champions League tie of the season. The defending champions can call on John Terry after the Stamford Bridge skipper served his two-match European suspension for his sending off at the Nou Camp last season.
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