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What Sir Alex Ferguson said about losing out on Hazard back in 2012?

Eden Hazard is the man of the moment after his brilliant start to the new season.

During the summer, the Chelsea star looked destined to join Real Madrid but the Blues can breathe a sigh of relief knowing he remains at Stamford Bridge and looks happy about it.

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The Belgium international recently scored a cracker in Chelsea’s League Cup victory over Liverpool. He followed this up by scoring again days later when they hosted the Scousers in the Premier League, however, that game finished 1-1.

Some pundits have started to suggest Hazard is the best player in the Premier League, a label previously given to the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah.

Time will tell if Hazard can inspire Chelsea to a title charge in Maurizio Sarri’s first season at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea signed Hazard from Ligue 1 outfit Lille back in 2012, beating Manchester United, City and Real Madrid to the forward’s signature.

It was no secret at the time that United were very keen on signing him and even made an offer, but the Reds were not prepared to pay the transfer fee Lille quoted.

Speaking back in 2012 about the Hazard transfer, Ferguson said, as per Give Me Sport: “There is a borderline in terms of what you would think is a good signing for United.

“I see some values on players, like Hazard for instance. To me it was a lot of money. He’s a good player, but £34 million?

“What we’re finding anyway, the climate for buying these top players – not just the transfer fees, the salaries, agents’ fees – is just getting ridiculous now.

“In the Hazard deal, Chelsea paid the agent £6 million. The [Samir] Nasri situation was the same.”

The Scot continued: “It’s all about what you think is value for a player. I am not envious of those deals at all. We placed a value on Hazard which was well below what they were talking about.

“So if it doesn’t work, well we’re not worried about that. We think we’ve got good value in [Shinji] Kagawa.”

In today’s market £34 million is like a pinch of salt for the player the calibre of Hazard, but Kagawa as the answer to missing out on the Belgian? It’s difficult to sugar coat that.

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