Date: 5th June 2012 at 8:03pm
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Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard expressed his delight after finalising his deal to Chelsea yesterday and revealed why he chose the west London club over Manchester United.

The 21-year-old is tipped as one of Europe’s brightest young prospects and was highly coveted, so it’s something of a coup that we have managed to sign him and I’m delighted that he’s joined the ranks at Stamford Bridge as well as being relieved that the saga is finally over.

Hazard spoke to the club’s official website:

“It’s a dream come true for me. I can’t wait to get started and for the season to start so I can meet my new teammates, the supporters and all the people who are involved.

“I want to play as many games as possible, score as many goals as possible and win a place in the hearts of the supporters.

“Ultimately, for a player it’s all about winning things; I want to win as many trophies as possible, which is another reason why I came here as Chelsea have been winning things for a long time now, and I hope to win many more during my time here.”

There was a lot of interest in the player and he says Chelsea Champions League triumph was definitely a factor in his decision:

“It’s true that initially there were a number of clubs in for me, but when Chelsea won the Champions League I thought why not? It was a complicated decision with lots of different factors involved, but the fact that they have great players and are European champions, also coming to London, I know people here already and there are a few French speakers, I think I have made the right decision.”

Some have questioned if Hazard has what it takes to make the step up from the French league into the Premier League but he believes it’s unfair for some to underestimate France’s top flight:

“People tend to talk about the French league as if it’s not of a high standard, but I disagree. I think it’s one of the best leagues in Europe, there are some very strong teams, particularly in defence, it’s always difficult to score goals.

“The biggest differences will be in the stadiums and atmospheres, and the fact that overall, players will be technically better.”

Former Chelsea boy Joe Cole also discussed things with him:

“I spoke to Joe Cole and what he said above all was that Chelsea was the right club for me. As somebody who loves the club himself, he said he could really see me in the shirt, so when I see him next I’ll tell him he was right.”

We do not yet know what Hazard’s squad number will be but I imagine he will play in the number 10 role, perhaps dovetailing with Juan Mata, who was successful in the playmaking role last season. With the likes of Hazard and Mata in the team Fernando Torres won’t have any excuse to start finding the net on a regular basis and we need a striker who is going to score around 30 goals a season.

Eden Hazard is Chelsea’s second signing of the summer after Marko Marin and the transfer window has not even opened yet, with rumours of Hulk and a new right-back on the way. What are your opinions of Hazard and what sort of impact do you think he will have on our squad? – Have your say in the comments section ¬†below