Young Belgian winger lauds potential new signings.
Chelsea’s 22-year-old winger has sung the praises of two potential transfer targets Christian Benteke and Wayne Rooney, reports BBC Sport.
“Rooney would be a brilliant signing. He’s a great player who has the experience and he’s still only young, at 27. But it’s not up to me,” said the 22-year-old flyer, who scored 13 goals for Chelsea in all competitions last term.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has repeatedly dismissed speculation that Rooney is leaving, but a strange comment indicating Rooney was only important as backup to Robin Van Persie has reignited the rumours over his future.
These comments were potentially ill-chosen if Moyes does have genuine ambitions to keep Rooney at the club, as the volatile striker will not appreciate being spoken about in such terms. The England man’s silence on the whole issue, has in fact, been deafening.
Hazard was equally kind in his praise for Belgian teammate Benteke, who handed in a transfer request last week to leave Aston Villa.
“He had an unbelievable first season for a young striker in the Premier League,” said Hazard on the 22-year-old striker
“His dream is to play even higher. I think he’s got all the attributes to do well at a big club.”
Benteke’s agent has already rubbished claims that his client will move to Stamford Bridge, comically claiming that it would be more likely Benteke would move to a seventh division amateur Belgian outfit than Stamford Bridge, as reported in The Metro.
Chelsea already have a talented, young, powerful, Belgian striker in Romelu Lukaku, who scored 17 league goals last season, only two less than Benteke. A move for the latter would only dent Lukaku’s first team chances, and would seem unnecessary at this moment in time.
If Chelsea acquired Rooney though, a proven world-class attacker would be added to their already star-studded line-up, rather than someone with raw potential. Mourinho has rarely favoured younger players throughout his managerial career, and would no doubt feel more comfortable buying Rooney, who he has recently stated his admiration for.
Rooney has scored 156 Premier League goals for both Everton and Manchester United, and his arrival would symbolise Mourinho’s first season back in charge at Stamford Bridge.