After teasing media and fans alike over his prospective club destination in the off-season, new Chelsea recruit Eden Hazard has made another quick move to the top of the tabloids with a revelation that former Lille teammate Gervinho is his footballing inspiration.
Proving that he can contest Mario Balotelli in a competition for stories which provide the most laughs, 21-year old Hazard compared the Arsenal flop to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, whose videos Hazard watches in hopes of emulating them, adding that the Ivorian is the best player player he has ever played with.
Gervinho, like Hazard, shone effusively for Lille before moving to English shores last summer, albeit with a lesser sense of hesitancy over which club to pick. The Ivorian however quickly went from a top prospect to a relative flop, making only 25 appearances in the Premier League, many of those from the bench, scoring just four goals in all competitions for the North London side.
Hazard didn’t stop short of mentioning that Gervinho taught him a few things, and suggested that the Arsenal man always makes the right runs on the football field, a bit baffling considering the number of times he got them wrong for the Gunners last term.
If Gervinho is the man Hazard is looking to emulate in the league next season, Chelsea might not be fully pleased with the value they will get for the reported £32 million they have spent for the starlet, who has a reputation for being rather unprofessional at times.