Chelsea Transfer News: Eden Hazard Not Wanted by PSG Chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2014

Chelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates his goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Hull City at the KC Stadium, Hull, England, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has distanced the club from a move for Chelsea's Eden Hazard.

Al-Khelaifi does admire the former Lille player, but remains respectful of Chelsea, as reported by L'Equipe (via Stephen Darwin of

Hazard is a fantastic player. The best at Chelsea for me. But we never talked with him. In 2012, before he left for England, we had the opportunity to recruit him but we did not.

Chelsea were very advanced in negotiations and as we do not want to have bad relations with other clubs, it stopped there. He looks happy at Chelsea.

Hazard is enjoying an excellent spell of form at Stamford Bridge and has adapted well to life in the Premier League. The 23-year-old's stocky frame and pace have seen him terrorise defences this season.

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The Belgian has scored nine goals and provided five assists in 22 Premier League appearances this term, scoring three in his last six games, per He has also netted in the Blues' quest for Champions League glory, scoring in the 3-0 away win at Schalke on Oct. 22.

Jose Mourinho has heavily relied on the versatile winger since returning to the club. He appreciates Hazard's hard-working nature and defensive qualities, setting the team up in a manner that allows the player to counter-attack.

Hazard regularly shows the battling qualities that Juan Mata did not, contributing to the Spaniard's £37.1 million Manchester United switch, announced via a televised press conference on Sky Sports.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea speaks to Eden Hazard of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Chelsea at Carrow Road on October 6, 2013 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Gett
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Mourinho recently suggested Hazard's willingness to improve could one day put him on par with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, as reported by Ben Rumsby of The Telegraph:

If he [Hazard] wants the Ballon d’Or, he must build the entourage politically for that.

It's a different story if he wants to be a great, great player and arrive where Cristiano and Messi arrive. He has the space to go – he's 23, and Cristiano is 28 or 29, Messi 26 or 27. Still young players, but four or five years older than Eden. So he has space for evolution. I think there’s a great ambition for him.

Al-Khelaifi may appreciate Hazard's qualities, but it seems the PSG chief has missed the opportunity to snap up the former Ligue 1 star.

Mourinho is likely to utilise his key player for many years to come—a smart idea after Hazard helped Chelsea win the Europa League during his debut season with the club.