Garcia pays Hazard tribute
Rudi Garcia has paid tribute to Eden Hazard as the playmaker prepares to play his final game for Lille before moving to the Premier League.
Last Updated: 19/05/12 3:58pm
Lille coach Rudi Garcia has paid tribute to Eden Hazard as the playmaker prepares to play his final game for the club before moving to the Premier League.
Hazard has so far spent his entire professional career with Lille, but will bow out after Sunday's game at home to Nancy on the final day of the Ligue 1 season.
The Belgium international has recently been crowned the Ligue 1 Player of the Year for the second campaign in a row and is now deciding where to embark for his next challenge.
The 21-year-old has recently suggested he will be moving to Manchester, with both newly-crowned Premier League champions City and local rivals United keen on Hazard.
However, reports in France have claimed that Chelsea are ready to make a late bid to gazump both clubs in an attempt to capture one of the most coveted talents in Europe.
And, while Hazard weighs up his options, Garcia has expressed satisfaction at the way the player has progressed during his time at Lille.
"We are going to celebrate him," Garcia told the club's official website ahead of the meeting with Nancy.
"I am proud to have taken my part in his progress. I often said he would be one of Europe's greatest.
"He's an exceptional player who made history at the club."