- Match Analysis
Belgium are preparing to take on England in Group G at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and Roberto Martinez has a plethora of Premier League stars at his disposal.
Romelu Lukaku has already scored 22 goals in his debut season at Manchester United, while Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele is being hailed as the most complete central midfielder in the country.
When asked which Belgian Hazard would most like to see at Chelsea, Hazard named Manchester City’s De Bruyne and Roma’s Nainggolan.
“In Belgium, we have players, good players. It’s not: “I play for Chelsea so I don’t talk to the guy from Tottenham” – no, we are together,” Hazard told COPA90.
“In football, it’s like this because, if it is not like this, all the national teams are in trouble.”
Nainggolan has been strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and came close to joining the Blues ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. Antonio Conte has made no secret of his admiration for Nainggolan and confirmed that Chelsea failed with a bid to sign the midfielder.
“In the past, we tried to buy him but now Nainggolan is Roma’s player,” Conte admitted back in October.
“I have great respect for him, great respect for Roma and great respect for my players. It’s not right to speak about him. He’s a really good player, for me one of the best midfielders, but he’s an opponent.”