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Eden Hazard: Handicapping the Three-Team Race for Belgian Star

Eden Hazard has a deadly shot, incredible ball handling skills, and a big paycheck coming his way. Who will be giving it to him?
Eden Hazard has a deadly shot, incredible ball handling skills, and a big paycheck coming his way. Who will be giving it to him?Claudio Villa/Getty Images
Brandon WarneContributor IIMay 23, 2012

Despite numerous teases and twists to the contrary, 21-year-old Belgian superstar Eden Hazard has yet to publicly share his next destination as he moves on to the UEFA Champions League. He has claimed, however, that he's decided, with the choices seemingly whittled it down to three clubs which he'll choose from after Belgium's friendly with England on June 2: Manchester United, Chelsea, and Manchester City.

So, with just about a week-and-a-half until this incarnation of 'The Decision', let's take a look at each of the clubs separately and how he'd fit into their plans.

Let's first start with the league champions Chelsea. Chelsea overachieved a bit in winning the UEFA Championship, and could use the midfield help -- scoring skills and ballhandling, especially -- that Hazard would provide. 

With Manchester United, Hazard would join a deep and talented team poised to now and in the future, and that would only be bolstered by the young superstar's deft passing and deadly accurate shot. The United could also use Hazard's help in the midfield, where the club has limited depth. 

As far as Manchester City goes, it's less about need at midfield, and more about snapping up a possible game-changer rather than letting him sign with one of their foes. That is, unless midfielder David Silva departs as rumored. Then, replacing Silva's six goals in tournament phase becomes imperative.  

Each team would be a good fit for Hazard in a number of ways; after all, adding a superstar to even the best team is pretty much always a slam-dunk.  

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