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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Hazard 'excited' by Man Utd link

ESPN staff

Lille midfielder Eden Hazard, who looks set for a move to the Premier League this summer, has hinted that Manchester United would be his preferred destination.

•  Redknapp fear over Hazard interest

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was in the stands to watch the 21-year-old at the weekend as Lille went down 2-1 against Lyon, fuelling speculation the Scot could launch a bid in the coming months.

If Ferguson does, he is likely to face stiff competition from Tottenham, whose boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed he is keen on Hazard, and Arsenal, who have been linked with the Belgium international for a while.

But United are emerging as favourites to secure Hazard's signature following comments he made to the French press.

When asked if a move to Old Trafford would interest him, Hazard told La Voix du Nord: "Of course, this a club that excites anyone.

"For now my focus is on Lille but yes, it is a pleasure to be watched by one of the best coaches in the world, if not the best."

Hazard has scored 11 goals in 24 starts this season for Lille, who are third in Ligue 1, 11 points behind leaders PSG.

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