Hazard to leave Lille at the end of the season

Last Updated: Oct 31, 2011, 17:54 PM IST

Lille: Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard triggered the attention of Europe`s top clubs on Monday when he said he will leave French champions Lille at the end of the season.

The highly-regarded Hazard, who was voted Ligue 1`s best player by his peers last season, told French sports daily L`Equipe he was playing his last season in France.

"I feel ready to make it to the next level in a great club," Hazard said. "I stayed in Lille this season because there were still things I had to work on, things to prove. But now, I`m ready."

In the close season, English Premier League sides Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City as well as Serie A club Inter Milan were reportedly interested in signing the Belgian.

Hazard was also linked with big spending Ligue 1 side Paris St Germain with French media saying the league leaders were ready to make a 50 million euro (71 million dollars) offer in January, but Hazard ruled out the move.

"Paris is not for now. After France, I want to go abroad," he said.

Hazard, 20, has scored four goals and set up as many in 12 Ligue 1 games this season.

Bureau Report