Chelsea have ex-Arsenal star to thank for Hazard deal

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Former Arsenal star Gervinho played a big part in Eden Hazard's £32million move to Chelsea, according to the Metro.

The English newspaper claims the Ivorian's international teammate Didier Drogba called Gervinho in hope that he would pass the phone onto his then Lille teammate Hazard.

However it was not Drogba who was desperately trying to contact the Belgium international.

The then Chelsea striker phoned Gervinho as Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich wanted to speak to Hazard about the possibility of moving to the Premier League.

Former Lille manager Rudi Garcia reveals in his new autobiography how Gervinho acted as an intermediary in the deal that saw Chelsea sign attacking midfielder Hazard.

"Pass the phone to him [Hazard],’ Drogba is said to have barked at Gervinho. ‘There’s someone who wants to talk to him over here,’ writes Garcia.

Hazard, who was also being tracked by the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City, went onto seal a move to Chelsea in June 2012.

The 23-year-old has grown into one of the most creative players this season - scoring 12 goals and claiming five assists in the Premier League since the start of the 2013/14 campaign.

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