PARIS – Eden Hazard is likely to leave French champion Lille this summer and sign with an English club.
“I’ll head to England because I think the style of football fits me and it’s where I can learn the most,” Hazard said on a French talk show on Sunday.
The Belgium midfielder also put an end to rumours in the local media of a transfer in the next couple of days to Paris Saint-Germain.
“I’m not leaving,” Hazard said. “I still have a lot to prove at Lille, and why not win one or two trophies.”
Lille is still in the running in the French Cup and the French league.
Hazard was instrumental in Lille winning the French league and the French Cup last season and was voted the French league’s player of the year.
“For sure, Paris Saint-Germain is tempting with the squad they have now,” Hazard said. “But I’d rather go abroad because I’ve already played more than 100 games in the French league and I want to know something else.”
Hazard has scored eight goals this season. His contract expires in 2015 and his release clause has been set at €40 million.
The 21-year-old midfielder has been linked with English, Spanish and Italian clubs.