Chelsea star reveals why he snubbed Tottenham

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have missed out on some big stars in recent years, but one of the biggest talents that got away has to be Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

Chelsea ended up buying the winger for around £32 from Lille back in the summer of 2012 (BBC), but has since admitted that Tottenham, Man United, and Man City had all shown interest. The Blues secured his signature after winning the Champions League that season.

Reports also suggested that Spurs were keen (Metro) and then Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has since revealed that his club were close to signing him (talkSPORT).

The Belgian forward has gone on to become a Chelsea and world superstar since then, and may even find himself at Real Madrid come next season (talkSPORT).

Chelsea are said to want a whopping £130m for their star man, despite the fact he only has a year left on his current contract (talkSPORT).

This would represent huge value for money for Chelsea, as they only paid £32m and got seven good years out of the player.

Hazard said (Daily Mail): “They were talking together, but not like with Chelsea. I had a chance to sign for Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, but I think I made the right decision.

“I spoke with the owner, with (then Chelsea boss) Roberto Di Matteo. I had Didier Drogba on the phone and Joe Cole (Hazard’s team-mate at Lille) told me it was the best club.

“I was a bit scared as when I came, Didier left and when you have Didier in the team, for sure you win a trophy.

“But at the end I played with top players. And if you look at my seven years at Chelsea we did something amazing together. We won trophies.”

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