The former Lille forward, Eden Hazard, who scored the lone goal in Chelsea’s win over Crystal Palace. A goal which secured Chelsea’s trophy, has said that it was Drogba and not Abrahimovic who convinced him to join Chelsea.
Hazard left Lille for Chelsea in 2012 for a deal worth around €40 million and while Rudi Garcia, coach of Lille at the time, claims that it was a call from Chelsea owner, Abrahimovic that convinced the Belgian to join Chelsea. Hazard has denied that.
“I didn’t want to go to Chelsea because I wanted to play the Champions League and they were sixth in the league,” Hazard told the Daily Mirror. “But I was convinced when they won the Champions League in 2012.
“At the time, Roberto Di Matteo really wanted me, they had Juan Mata, and Oscar had been bought. I was told: ‘You’ll see, Chelsea will play football’.
“Gervinho called me and said: ‘Someone’s on the phone’. I didn’t know who it was but it was Drogba, he wanted me to sign.
“I was flattered, he was maybe the best striker in the world. In my head, I wasn’t going to sign, but in the end I was very pleased with my choice. I didn’t speak to Abramovich.
“I don’t know why coach Garcia wrote that in his book.”
Hazard has won the Premier League, League Cup and Europa League since arriving at Stamford Bridge.