Harry Redknapp tried to sign Eden Hazard for Tottenham

Eden Hazard met with Harry Redknapp in 2012 (©GettyImages)

Harry Redknapp has confirmed that he begged Eden Hazard to join Tottenham before the Belgium international eventually signed for Spurs’ London rivals Chelsea in 2012 instead.

Speaking to reporters, Redknapp revealed that he spent four hours in a Paris airport trying to persuade Hazard to come to White Hart Lane - and that the player was “dead keen” to join the club.

However, a move failed to materialise, as Hazard completed a £32 million transfer to the then-European champions Chelsea.

Hazard was keen on Spurs move

“I think he was dead keen to come at that time,” Redknapp is quoted as saying by the Telegraph. “Joe Cole said he thought he was the best player he ever played with. He’s a fantastic talent and a great player. We pushed on for him. We just couldn’t get it over the line.”

Redknapp, who now manages Queens Park Rangers, faces the nigh-on impossible task of keeping Hazard quiet at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

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The 23-year-old has developed into one of the world’s best attacking wingers and has the potential to become a genuine superstar of the sport. Some reports have even claimed that Real Madrid are considering the former Lille star as a potential replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo when the Portuguese sensational eventually leaves the Bernabeu.

Hazard has won the Europa League since joining Chelsea two years ago, but will be looking to land his hands on a Premier League winners’ medal at the end of this season.

The Blues have enjoyed a rip-roaring start to the season - thanks in part to Hazard’s fine form - and currently hold a four-point lead over second-placed Southampton at the top of the league table.

But before Hazard is widely regarded as a truly world-class superstar, he must add more goals to his game.

Hazard scored 17 in 49 last season, and has four in 12 this term, but his goals-to-games ratio pales in comparison to that of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The Belgian has the ability to reach that level, but will he need to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid in order to fulfil his potential? Have your say in the comments section below.

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