Eden Hazard reveals reasons behind a move to Chelsea – Tottenham was also a happy choice
Chelsea’s midfield star Eden Hazard has revealed he would have been probably playing for Tottenham Hotspur if the London club had qualified for Champions League this season.
The Belgium international reiterated his desire to play for Tottenham Hotspur in a recent interview. Eden Hazard went ahead to state that he would have moved to north London rather than west London if Tottenham Hotspur had acquired Champions League action.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder moved from Lille to Stamford Bridge this summer. The Belgian football prodigy was on the verge of joining Manchester United, but his mind strayed from that decision.
Later, Eden Hazard hinted about playing under a blue jersey from the Premier League in the new season. Eden Hazard’s statement hinted a move to Manchester City or Chelsea. Interestingly, both clubs won major trophies last season.
Manchester City won the Premier League title and Chelsea won the Champions League title. Eden Hazard later revealed that he decided to join Chelsea because of their Champions League success.
The Belgium football prodigy admits Champions League action played a huge role in deciding which club he would join during the summer transfer window.
“It's true that Tottenham (Hotspur) tempted me because it was a young team which was third in the league,” the Daily Mail quoted Eden Hazard in an article from France Football.
“Unfortunately, the end of the season did not go well. They did not reach the Champions League, which tipped the balance,” Eden Hazard added.
Chelsea’s Champions League victory cost Tottenham Hotspur their place in the coveted European competition. Tottenham Hotspur finished fourth in the Premier League this season, so they were promised Champions League action.
However, when Chelsea won the Champions League they automatically qualified as the fourth team from the tournament. As Chelsea finished fifth on the Premier League table, Tottenham Hotspur were forced to give away their spot to Chelsea.
“Nobody was really a fan of Chelsea's game last season,” Eden Hazard continued.
“The directors told me they were going to recruit good players with whom I could play decent football. Marko Marin, Oscar and me, we like to have the ball at our feet. Juan Mata likes the ball, so does Ramires.
“The title of European champions, and Champions League qualification, counted for a lot because the club was not doing well in the league.
“Once Chelsea won the final, it was a natural choice.”