Beneditk Hoewedes of Germany battles for the ball with Eden Hazard of Belgium during the UEFA EURO 2012 Group A qualifying match between Germany and Belgium.
Remember how the Tottenham Hotspur universe exploded yesterday when reports came out that Eden Hazard was being transferred from Lille to Spurs? Well, the Belgian international said on his native TV Show La Tribune that no such deal has taken place yet.
"I have not signed anything at Tottenham," Hazard said. "Maybe I will play there next season. It is a nice club with a lot of good players and absolutely a top coach."
But Hazard continued to talk up Tottenham, putting the appeal of a White Hart Lane arrival up against the prestige of a La Liga move.
"The opportunities would be much smaller. The competition would be strong at Tottenham too, but less so that at Barca or Real. I think I can learn the most in England. You play a big game every week and the atmosphere is great."
"The transfer is still pending. I have not signed anything yet, but I hope it will happen in the near future."
Hazard's statements seem to put the whole transfer saga into clearer focus. Tottenham is becoming an enticing club with its recent winning and with Champions League football looking an extremely likely prospect. Hazard looks a certainty to move this summer, and with his interest in England, Champions League football, title contention, and regular playing time, Tottenham seems a near perfect fix.
Obviously, the price and wages will be an issue, but Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy has shown a willingness to break the wage structure for top class players (e.g. Luka Modric), and the Champions League money could do well to help fund a war chest for this summer. We here at CFC are saying that nothing is official for Hazard, but keep your eye on a potential transfer after the season.