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Eden Hazard Almost Chose Tottenham Hotspur over Chelsea

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on August 25, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2012

Eden Hazard has enjoyed an explosive start to life at Chelsea.

The 21-year-old hasn't needed much time to settle at Stamford Bridge. After a summer of speculation, the Belgian international finally joined the European champions for a fee of £32 million.

In a recent interview with France Football, the youngster indicated he nearly joined another London-based side. As it began to look increasingly likely that Luka Modric would exchange Tottenham for Real Madrid, Hazard indicated Harry Redknapp made an attempt to bring him to White Hart Lane.

His comments were translated by The Daily Mail:

It's true that Tottenham tempted me because it was a young team which was third in the league.

Unfortunately, the end of the season did not go well. They did not reach the Champions League, which tipped the balance.

Such remarks will disappoint Spurs fans.

The team has suffered an indifferent start to the Premier League season, racking up eight points from five games. Two wins from the last two fixtures has helped shift some of the pressure off new manager Andre Villas-Boas.

With Hazard off the radar, the Portuguese boss brought in Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey for their creative spark. Both continue to settle into their new surroundings but have shown early signs of quality in their opening fixtures.

Chelsea currently sits atop the Premier League table with an unbeaten record. Hazard has already helped the side to 13 points from five games, providing four assists and scoring one goal across the quintet of matches.

More importantly, Hazard's ability has allowed Fernando Torres to answer some of his critics. While the Spanish striker is yet to hit sparkling form, he has netted two goals in Chelsea's Premier League run so far.

The English press may continue to criticise (via ESPN), but the former Liverpool forward has upped his game in recent weeks.

Many questioned how Chelsea would adjust to life after Didier Drogba. Thankfully, Hazard's immediate impact has played a huge part in quashing those concerns.

Although he was linked with moves to both Manchester clubs, I believe the Blues have proven a good fit for the starlet.

Roberto Di Matteo's squad is full of attacking talent. With the likes of Juan Mata, Ramires, Daniel Sturridge, Marko Marin, Victor Moses and Oscar at the club, Hazard must continue performing well to ensure he is in the starting 11.

Right now, his decision to join Roman Abramovich's empire looks to be a fruitful one.


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