Marc Guehi has now revealed that Eden Hazard – who Crystal Palace apparently want to sign – is the best he’s played alongside.
The Crystal Palace No.6 was taking part in a game of Honesty Cards against Eberechi Eze on BBC’s Football Focus.
So, what was said about Eden Hazard? Let’s take a look…
What’s the story?
Well, the England international – of course – played alongside the Belgian during his time at Chelsea, before completing an £18m move to Selhurst Park.
After Guehi responded with Hazard’s name, Eze sounded shocked.
The Crystal Palace No.10 said: “Eden Hazard? That’s insane. Oh my days.”
Interestingly – if Football Transfers are to be trusted – Roy Hodgson wants Steve Parish to sign the Belgium international, who is currently a free agent after his contract at Real Madrid was terminated prematurely.
It is said that Parish and Hodgson still believe the 32-year-old has something to offer, despite scoring just seven goals in 76 appearances during an injury-hit four years at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Eden Hazard yet to decide as Crystal Palace show interest
Dean Jones even claimed that Crystal Palace have already made an offer to sign Hazard on a free transfer, although it remains to be seen if the Belgian can get himself fit enough for Premier League football.
The respected journalist told Give Me Sport: “It would not surprise me if Hazard does now retire from football. There have been some strong offers for him, even the Crystal Palace one for him to play again in the Premier League was a legit one, but the motivation for him to make a comeback does not seem to be there.
“It’s been a long time since he was playing, he would have to work extremely hard to get back to top condition – meaning actually playing top level games could take a while. He’s a free agent so clubs that have shown interest have not closed the door, but this is a player that is very self assured, is not affected by outside noise or behaviours, and will make the decision completely on his own terms.”
From our point of view, it would be a major surprise if we signed Hazard – after Parish and Dougie Freedman adopted a youthful approach to recruitment, this would go firmly against the grain.
The La Louvière-born maestro also recently said that “it’s time to enjoy life by drinking a few beers” – as quoted by AS – offering a hint that he is close to retiring.
Nevertheless, stranger things have happened in football, so be sure to keep an eye on Hazard’s situation.