Manchester United Confirm Interest in Eden Hazard

Michael KelleherContributor IIIApril 13, 2012

Lille attacking midfielder Eden Hazard
Lille attacking midfielder Eden Hazard

Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen has gone on the record that Lille attacking midfielder Eden Hazard is on the team's radar, according to Sky Sports News. The 21-year-old Belgian playmaker has been in excellent form this season, and his exploits have not gone unnoticed at Old Trafford.

Hazard has enjoyed his most prolific season to date in Ligue 1 for reigning champions Lille, racking up 14 goals and 11 assists in 31 games. Hazard was named UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year last season, the youngest player ever to do so.

Meulensteen confirmed that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson recently made a personal trip to France to see Hazard in action for himself.

"The manager wanted to see [Eden] Hazard by himself. That's a sign he thinks it's an interesting player. We talked a lot about him," he told Voetbal International.

"For a club it's important that you keep refreshing your squad. Hazard is a special talent, but it always takes a while. As example: We've followed David de Gea for a long time before we got him.

"Ferguson wants to know the character of the player. Because of that he's going to look by himself for players. Hazard is 'the man' at Lille. Ferguson wanted to see if that had an influence on him."

Lille seem resigned to losing Hazard in the summer, and many of Europe’s top clubs have expressed an interest in acquiring his services. He has been strongly linked to a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal all rumoured to have scouted Hazard heavily in recent months.