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Eden Hazard reveals Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was his hero as a kid as he closes in on move

Eden Hazard lavished praise on Zinedine Zidane, calling him an inspiration as the Chelsea winger closes in on a move to Real Madrid

The Belgian, who admitted the 4-1 Europa League final win over Arsenal was likely to be his farewell for the Blues, could be unveiled at the Bernabeu as early as Monday.   

‘When I was young I always watched Zidane,’ the 28-year-old told BT Sport. ‘Zidane for me was my big inspiration. 

Eden Hazard helped Chelsea to Europa League victory over Arseanl on Wednesday

Eden Hazard helped Chelsea to Europa League victory over Arseanl on Wednesday

Zinedine Zidane was an inspiration for Hazard and he is set to join the manager at Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane was an inspiration for Hazard and he is set to join the manager at Real Madrid

‘I don’t play like him, he’s more elegant, he’s more dribbling, I’m more like Robinho. 

‘On the pitch I wanna be me, I just want to have fun, enjoy, and then we see what happens.

And Hazard, who scored a brace in probably his last game for Chelsea after seven years at the club, went on to indulge in some more nostalgia.  

Hazard admitted after the final that it was probably his final game for the club

Hazard admitted after the final that it was probably his final game for the club

‘Every day after school in the garden, play football. At that time my Dad used to play but when we reached 6, 7, all my brothers we wanted him to play as well in the garden, but he was tired so he’d say no. So we used to play, me, Thorgan, Kylian. 

‘When I go on the pitch at Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford, Anfield, it’s like if I’m in the garden with my brothers, I just think that.’

It seems inevitable that Hazard will be swapping those famous old grounds for the Bernabeu and Nou Camp next season. 

Real agreed a £115million fee for the dangerous winger and he was given a wonderful reception when substiuted by Maurizio Sarri towards the end of the Europa League final in Baku.     

The Belgian celebrated with his team-mates in Baku after the thumping 4-1 win

The Belgian celebrated with his team-mates in Baku after the thumping 4-1 win 

Original article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7084373/Eden-Hazard-reveals-Real-Madrid-boss-Zinedine-Zidane-hero-kid-closes-move.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

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