Neymar has revealed he would like to play alongside Eden Hazard and create “havoc” together.
The 27-year-old Brazilian forward recently came back from a long injury layoff for Paris Saint-Germain but has been continually linked with a move to Real Madrid just like Hazard.
Hazard, the Chelsea legend. Five things to know…
- Joined: 2012
- Appearances: 346
- Goals (assists): 108 (88)
- Major honours: Premier League (2015, 2017), FA Cup (2018), League Cup (2015), Europa League (2013)
- Hazard is one of three Chelsea players to register at least 50 goals and 50 assists in the Premier League with Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.
Neymar, who became the world’s most expensive footballer in 2017 when he swapped Barcelona for PSG, has missed a chunk of this season due to a serious foot injury.
His comeback came in PSG’s comfortable 3-1 league win over Monaco, after which they celebrated another Ligue 1 championship success, though for much of the last 12 months his name has been associated with a move away from the French capital.
Real Madrid are reportedly interested in acquiring Neymar, but he won’t be cheap, one alternative is Hazard who the ex-Barça man has spoken highly of.
Despite both nominally favour the same position, cutting inside from the left flank, Neymar feels they can play in the same team whether that’s at PSG, Real or elsewhere.
“I would like to play with Hazard. He has a style similar to mine,” he said.
“I think I could give it a try. We would cause havoc together!”
Another impressive campaign
Hazard will count himself unlucky not to make the recently announced PFA Premier League team of the season.
Despite the failings of his team Chelsea, who are currently in a battle to make the top four with three matches remaining, he’s been their shining light.
The 28-year-old Belgian international is their leading scorer (16 goals) and has created the most for his teammates (13).
In fact, Hazard leads the Premier League’s ‘assist king’ race, with Christian Eriksen and Ryan Fraser – both with 12 – his nearest challengers.
Aside from aiming for a top-four finish, there’s a Europa League semi-final with impressive Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt to look forward to.
Where he will be following the summer remains up in the air, Real are keen in making him their latest ‘galactico’, and Hazard in the past has spoken well of Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane – his childhood hero.