Eden Hazard Praises Real Madrid Targets Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba Amid Rumours

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 14, 2019

Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (L) beats Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on April 28, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /         (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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New Real Madrid signing Eden Hazard has praised the club's rumoured targets Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba, describing them as two of the best players in the world.

Hazard was presented to a crowd of 50,000 on Thursday and spoke at a press conference, where he dodged speculation but lauded Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe and Manchester United midfielder Pogba.

He said: "I'm not here to discuss transfers. I came to play with the best. There are new players already, and we'll have some time to adapt. It's true that we want to play with the best and the guys you've mentioned are two of those, but I don't decide these things."

Hazard, 28, left Chelsea in the hopes that he can challenge for the biggest trophies in European football during the prime years of his career.

The transfer fee could reportedly rise above £150 million, per BBC Sport. Hazard also told reporters he's looking forward to winning alongside established Real stars, as well as any new arrivals, as Goal shared:

Mbappe, 20, has been linked with a transfer to the Bernabeu since his initial loan move to Paris in 2017, though Jose Felix Diaz of Marca reported the striker is aware he likely won't get his desired switch to Madrid this year.

The FIFA World Cup winner is arguably the most valuable player on the planet, taking into account his age and the fact that he completed a transfer to PSG from AS Monaco worth €180 million (£166 million) in 2018.

It could require a new world-record sum in excess of €222 million (£198 million) to convince PSG to part ways with him. A section of Real supporters attended Hazard's presentation but made the club aware of which player they desired, as Goal shared:

Pogba may be the more realistic target at present given he's coming off the back of a relatively disappointing season with Manchester United. They finished sixth in the Premier League to miss out on UEFA Champions League qualification, while Pogba has been at the centre of constant speculation regarding his future.

French football writer Jeremy Smith recently cited a report from L'Equipe, which said there are issues concerning the player and his agent, Mino Raiola, impeding a transfer at present:

Manager Zinedine Zidane has also signed compatriot Ferland Mendy from Lyon to provide competition at left-back.

Los Blancos are heading to the United States for pre-season, and Hazard could make his first appearance for the club when they face Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup on July 20.

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