Highly-rate Lille winger Eden Hazard has admitted that both AC Milan and their city neighbours Inter have both expressed an interest in luring him away from the reigning French champions.
The skilful Belgian international Hazard is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in the French league and has been watched by the majority of Europe’s top clubs.
A day after revealing in L’Equipe newspaper his wish to move abroad as of next season, Hazard gave a hint as to his possible destination.
“Inter made me an interesting offer in the summer, but there was still some uncertainty regarding the choice of coach and we didn’t know whether (Wesley) Sneijder and (Samuel) Eto’o were going to stay,” Hazard told La Gazzeta dello Sport.
Cameroonian international striker Eto’o has since joined Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkhala.
“But it’s not just Inter, Milan have shown an interest as well. They proposed that I stay at Lille and then sit down for serious talks at the end of the season.
“I feel ready to join a major club,” added Hazard. “In any case I won’t be staying in France.”
The news is likely to spark a wave of interest from several clubs in the English Premier League.
Since last season, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked to the forward, who has been dubbed “little Messi” by former Lille coach Claude Puel – in reference to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
Hazard meanwhile could get a close look at his potential future team-mates when Inter host Lille in the Champions League on Wednesday.