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Coupet hopes to see Hazard at PSG

Former France international Gregory Coupet has said "it would be magnificent" to see Eden Hazard at Paris Saint-Germain, with French media claiming the Chelsea star would be happy to return to Ligue 1.

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RMC reported on Thursday that PSG have made it clear to Hazard's entourage they are interested in bringing the 23-year-old back to France, while Friday's Le Parisien claimed the Belgium international had told one of his Chelsea teammates just before Christmas: "I'm almost certainly going to join Paris next summer."

PSG's wealthy owners are ready to meet the estimated 50-60 million euro asking price for Hazard, who signed a five-year deal at Chelsea when he completed a 40 million euro move from Lille in summer 2012. They are also reportedly willing to offer him a significant increase on the seven million euros he receives annually in wages from Chelsea.

Though both reports made it clear Hazard is happy in London, they also stated he would be enthusiastic about joining the club he supported as a boy; an aspect of a potential move that Coupet told RMC should not be ignored.

The former Lyon and PSG goalkeeper said: "It would be magnificent. He's a great player who has taken on a whole new dimension since he went to Chelsea. He would also come to PSG out of love for the club, and he would bring in a few more supporters. It would be great.

"The sentimental argument would be the most important because he has everything he wants at Chelsea.

"When you see how PSG play today, dominating possession, Hazard would be in his element. He's able to make others play well, but also has that ability to penetrate back fours. He's capable of taking on players and finishing things off. He'd be an extra weapon for PSG."

Should he swap Stamford Bridge for the Parc des Princes, Hazard would form a formidable-looking attacking trident in the 4-3-3 favoured by Laurent Blanc alongside Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Coupet is confident the Swede -- just as he has done with Cavani -- would have little trouble adapting his game to that of Hazard.

"Any good player can build an understanding with Zlatan," he said. "The difference this year is that Zlatan is fully invested in the project. He would be the first to welcome him with open arms and talk football with him."

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