French Ligue 1

Hazard could sign new deal with Lille

February 24, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

In-demand Lille midfielder Eden Hazard could sign a new contract with the Ligue 1 club and remain in France for another season, according to L'Equipe.

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Hazard, who has been linked with big money moves to Spain, England and Italy, is already contracted to Lille until 2014 but as his deal runs down his transfer value also deteriorates.

The French league leaders want to keep hold of their 20-year-old starlet for at least one more campaign and in order to maximise the profit on the eventual sale, Les Dogues want him to sign another extension, as he did in February last year.

The Belgian international, who has become one of the hottest prospects in Europe over the past 18 months, has consistently denied that he is looking to move away from Lille, but has also done little to quell speculation about his future by talking up the merits of other European clubs.

"I really enjoy England, Germany too," Hazard told French radio station RMC on Wednesday. "But my characteristics correspond to Spanish football. And this country also suits my temperament - the heat, the fine stadiums..."