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Eden Hazard: Why Lille Star Will Choose Manchester City over United

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 02:  Javier Zanetti (R) of FC Inter Milan and Eden Hazard of LOSC Lille Metropole compete for the ball during the UEFA Champions League, group B match between FC Internazionale Milano and LOSC Lille Metropole at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on November 2, 2011 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Tim KeeneyContributor IMay 17, 2012

At this time next year, Eden Hazard will be playing his football in Manchester, that much we know. Whether it will be for City Blue or United Red, well, we aren't too sure about that. 

Hazard, who is just 21 years of age, is an amazing up-and-coming young talent from Lille. In Ligue 1 this season, he scored 17 goals and racked up 16 assists in just 34 appearances. He completed over 84 percent of his passes all the while displaying brilliant dribbling and creativity down the sideline.

The young star is going to be expensive, but there is no question both managers want him on their squad. 

Let's take a closer look at what each side can offer and what it means for Hazard's future in the EPL. 

 

Manchester City

Quick, without any other factors, what do you think a young, cocky, up-and-coming superstar wants more than anything?

If you said money, you would be correct.

That might be sad to think about, but it's definitely true. And according to goal.com, City is willing to give Hazard a lot of it:

"City have offered Hazard wages in the region of €125,000-a-week (£100,000) and the assurance of regular football to lure him to the Etihad Stadium."

To be honest, that's the No. 1 reason why I believe Hazard will choose City. 

Some think he'll struggle to find playing time with all of the other weapons at Manchester Stadium, but he'll find a way.

The Blues don't play a style that necessarily demands a winger out wide, which is what Hazard has usually played, but he'll still provide depth there since Adam Johnson is the only one who really plays that position.

Additionally, Hazard has the skills to play a center attacking midfielder role, and while City has plenty of players to play around the box, the midfield creativity often relied on David Silva—who tired big time down the stretch. 

Roberto Mancini will find room for another young star, therefore Hazard shouldn't be worried about coming to City.

 

Manchester United

Still though, Hazard should think long and hard, because he'll have a better chance at improving one of the worst United squads of the last few years (and they still finished second). 

He would be able to play more comfortably out wide on the left. That's Ashley Young's position, but his inconsistency and injury problems mean he has hardly locked down a secure spot. 

Or, in the middle, Hazard could serve to bust even more life into Wayne Rooney and the strikers.

In all honestly, Manchester United, to me, looks like a better fit for Hazard, both because of his ability to fit into the offense and because he helps this squad more than he helps City. 

For a budding superstar, you would think he wants to be known for improving a team, rather than being another kajillion-dollar signing. 

Nonetheless, it won't surprise me when Hazard goes for the kajillions and chooses Manchester City. 

 

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