Found July 16, 2013 on
Eden Hazard says Wayne Rooney would be a "brilliant signing" for Chelsea and would welcome him at Stamford Bridge.
Rooney returned to England from Bangkok last week after suffering a hamstring injury which ruled him out of Manchester United's tour of Asia and Australia.
United boss David Moyes has repeatedly insisted the England international is not for sale after Jose Mourinho expressed his admiration for the striker, sentiments Hazard echoed.
"Rooney would be a brilliant signing," Hazard said. "He's a great player who has the experience and he's still only young, at 27.
"He's got a few years left to play. But it's not up to me. It's not my decision."
Meanwhile, Hazard revealed that Mourinho once tried to sign him while he was at Lille.
"He told me he'd asked Lille, but I wanted to stay there until I was 21 and develop my game," said Hazard, who moved to Stamford Bridge last summer.
"I must have been 19 or 20 at the time. Real Madrid is a wonderful team, but I had so much still to prove in the French league. I stayed because I didn't want to leave too early."
Now 22, Hazard is seeking to improve on an impressive first season in England under Mourinho.
"He told us all what he expected of us, what he wants to see," Hazard said.
"To me he told me to be ambitious with my game, to try things and that, if I do that, I can do something special this year.
"I told him I wanted to do myself justice, to do as well as I can, and that is all he wants to see from all of us. I hope it will end up being productive."
Hazard is one member of a Belgian core of young talent at Chelsea, and the playmaker believes Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne, who are in first-team contention after spending last season on loan, can make an impact.
On Lukaku, Hazard said: "He has a real chance. What do you ask of a young striker? To score goals - and he can do that."
On De Bruyne, Hazard added: "It's a pleasure to play with him. It's great he's staying with us this season."
Another Belgian could follow if rumoured interest in Aston Villa's Christian Benteke comes to fruition.
Hazard said: "Benteke is my friend. We get on very well.
"He had an unbelievable first season for a young striker in the Premier League.
"His dream is to play even higher. I think he's got all the attributes to do well at a big club."
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
England international Wayne Rooney is "angry and confused" at his treatment by Manchester United and is looking to leave, according to reports.
Sources close to Rooney claim the 27-year-old England international striker is unhappy about his treatment by the club.
Reporter Kaveh Solhekol told Sky Sports News: "Rooney believes he is at the peak of his career and has...
Rooney to Chelsea Mirrors van Persie Saga Last Year - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
So the news is out. Chelsea have officially bid for 27-year old Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney.
And to add spice to the intrigue, recently appointed Chelsea manager José Mourinho has now stated publicly that Rooney is his only transfer target this summer.
Manchester United have rejected an undisclosed opening bid from Chelsea for unsettled striker Wayne Rooney, according to reports on Wednesday.
It is believed the Blues offered £10million, plus either Juan Mata or David Luiz for the 27-year-old.
However, it is understood that the bid has been rejected out of hand by the Premier League champions.
The England forward is apparently...
Wayne Rooney won’t be leaving Manchester United any time soon. Chelsea reportedly made a strong bid to sign the striker, but his current club rejected the overtures.
New Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho publicly expressed admiration for Rooney last week and on Wednesday the team released a statement that it had, indeed put in a bid to Man U.
The statement from Chelsea said:
Wayne Rooney appears to be heading nearer the Manchester United exit door after it emerged the unsettled striker is ‘angry and confused’ over his treatment by the club.
Rooney’s unhappiness at United has been an open secret following a season in which he often played second fiddle to Robin van Persie, with departing manager Sir Alex Ferguson laying United’s dirty linen out...
Chelsea deny offering star duo to Manchester United, but confirm cash offer for Wayne Rooney - originally posted on Soccerlens.comChelsea have wasted no time in reacting strongly to the suggestions that the club is looking to sell either of Juan Mata or David Luiz, and have included either of the duo as a make-weight deal for Manchester United’s unsettled striker Wayne Rooney....
Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea have no need to sell any of their key men this summer, including Branislav Ivanovic.
Reports have suggested that the Blues might look to trim their squad during the current transfer window, with Ivanovic, Juan Mata and David Luiz among those said to be attracting interest from afar.
Mourinho, though, says the club remain on a sound financial footing...
Kilmarnock have confirmed the signing of Scotland international and former Hearts defender Darren Barr.
The 28-year-old Scotland international becomes new boss Allan Johnston's first Killie signing since he left Queen of the South to take the reins at Rugby Park.
Barr - who struck the opening goal in Hearts' famous 5-1 Scottish Cup triumph over city rivals Hibs - was allowed...
Jose Mourinho insisted the future of Wayne Rooney is a decision for Manchester United as the tussle for the striker's services began in earnest.
Rooney is at the center of a row between Chelsea and United over a bid made on Tuesday for the player which was rejected by the Premier League champions. Mourinho was low-key when commenting on the offer in Bangkok on Wednesday, despite...
Jose Mourinho is happy with his Chelsea squad and has played down "rumors" linking the Blues with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
After one week of training in his second spell as Blues boss, Mourinho expressed satisfaction at his players' work ethic and branded speculation surrounding Rooney's future - as well as that of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke...
Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining...
Striker Wayne Rooney feels he is being "driven out" of Manchester United after "five months of negativity" which amounts to "constructive dismissal".
Chelsea’s shocking player plus cash offer for Wayne Rooney rebuffed by David Moyes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea have lodged a formal offer for Manchester United’s unsettled striker Wayne Rooney, but it was rebuffed, as per the exclusive report from The Daily Mail.
According to the report, the Blues submitted an opening offer of £10 million plus either of David...
Manchester United refuse to bow down to Wayne Rooney as Moyes takes up Fergie’s blueprint - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
“Manchester United isn’t about Wayne; Manchester United is about the team, the club.” – David Moyes
Interpret it as you like, but with a statement this bold, the new manager, David Moyes, has made a few things very, very clear.
First, Wayne Rooney...
Chelsea have strenuously denied the suggestion that they offered Juan Mata or David Luiz as makeweights in the deal to sign Wayne Rooney – although the club have confirmed that they made an offer for the Manchester United player yesterday.
The London club are furious at what they believe is a United briefing designed to undermine their relationship with their own players and released...