Gervinho's Accidental Role in Eden Hazard's Move to Chelsea

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 13, 2014

Chelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring  the opening goal against lNewcastle during their English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Newcastle United in London Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Did ex-Arsenal lightning rod and occasional culprit of horrifically terrible misses Gervinho play an accidental part in sending Eden Hazard to Chelsea? 

According to Lille manager Rudi Garcia's new autobiography, it could be so. 

Hazard was once a rumoured Arsenal target, as per BBC, as Arsene Wenger has shown a historic penchant for plucking Ligue 1 talent. 

In an article in The Mirror, it paints a picture of Garcia's autobiography on how the Hazard-to-Chelsea movement was sparked: 

Gervinho—who just a few months later would sign for the Gunners—fielded a call in the Lille dressing room from Ivory Coast team-mate, and then Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba. 

"Pass the phone to him," Drogba is said to have demanded, referring to Hazard. "There's someone who wants to talk to him over here." 

When Hazard picked up the phone, Chelsea's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich was allegedly waiting at the other end of the line and is said to have promised the wonderkid he would TREBLE his wages if he moved to Stamford Bridge. 

Gervinho has since left Arsenal and went on to flourish at Roma. Count this among other bad memories Arsenal fans will have of their former winger.