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Thorgan Hazard hopes to join brother Eden at Chelsea

Published: July 18, 2012 | 7:12 am
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French club Lens admits Chelsea are ‘interested’ in Hazard Junior, another attacking winger

THE BROTHER of Eden Hazard is being tracked by Chelsea as the Blues look to keep it in the family. According to a report in French rag La Voix du Nord, 19-year-old Thorgan Hazard, a regular for the Belgium Under-19 team, has refused to sign a new contract with existing club Lens and is holding out in the hope he’ll be snapped up by Chelsea, who recently paid £30m-plus for his brother.

Lens, currently in the French second division, revealed the stunning development through sporting director Antoine Sibierski, who told La Voix that he recently sat down with the teenager to talk terms.

“There is a year left on his contract [and] last week I met him to discuss an extension for three seasons,” explained Sibierski. “He didn’t want to accept this proposition. I’ve since learned that Chelsea are interested in his possible arrival. I can understand why a player would want to leave Ligue 2 to go to Chelsea. We’re in discussions.”

Hazard junior, who like his brother plays in an attacking winger role, has come up through the Lens youth ranks. Sibierski indicated that Lens would want to have their palm greased if the teenager is lured across the Channel. “Now, like in every transfer with a year left on his contract, it must be paid for. There are also compensation fees for training him.”

Michael Owen could be given a new start by Stoke. The former England striker was released by Manchester United earlier in the summer after three seasons at Old Trafford that proved almost as humiliating as GS4′s attempt to lock down the Olympics. Owen, still only 32, played just four times for United last season but according to Talksport he’s on the verge of signing for Stoke, although apparently Everton haven’t given up hope of landing him.

Meanwhile United look to have lost out in their quest for Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen. The 20-year-old Dane caught the eye of Alex Ferguson last season but according to his agent, Martin Schoots, he’s staying put in Amsterdam – for the moment at least.

In conversation with Danish website www.bold.dk, Schoots said: “Christian still wants to stay at Ajax. It is obvious that he will leave Ajax one day. Like other good players, it is natural for him to move on, but for the moment it is his intention to stay.”

More eager to up sticks is Dimitar Berbatov, the beanpole Bulgarian who seems to have lost the confidence of Ferguson at Old Trafford. It’s no secret the striker wants to quit United and AC Milan is top of Berbatov’s wish-list.

“His most likely destination is Italy, he’s always loved Italian football,” Berbatov’s agent, Emil Dantchev, told calciomercato.com. “Dimitar would run to AC Milan because the club have appreciated him for years… I cannot say much [more] but I do say that Berbatov likes Milan and looks good in red and black.” So does Dennis the Menace, but would that help him find the net at the San Siro?


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