Harry Redknapp: I almost signed this two-time Premier League winner at Tottenham
By Aramide Oladipo
Harry Redknapp has revealed that he was close to signing Chelsea star Eden Hazard when he was the Tottenham manager.
The 70-year-old spent four years in charge at White Hart Lane, guiding Spurs to the Champions League for the first time ever during the 2009-10 campaign.
Redknapp led Spurs to the quarter-finals of the competition the following season where they eventually beaten by Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The North London club have since become genuine Premier League title contenders under Mauricio Pochettino over the last couple of seasons, securing back-to-back top three finishes.
Speaking on the BT Sport show Premier League tonight, the veteran manager opened up about his pursuit of Hazard a number of years ago.
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“I went to France, met him in a hotel room, three hours I was with him,” he said.
“That’s probably why he didn’t sign!”
“Hazard, I could’ve had him I think at Tottenham at the time.
“I loved him, so we wanted him but obviously the club didn’t get the deal done.”
The Belgium international decided to join London rivals Chelsea from Ligue 1 side Lille at the start of the 2011-12 campaign.
The winger has enjoyed great success at Stamford Bridge since his move, winning the Premier League title twice in the last three seasons.
The Belgian was sensational for the Blues last season, contributing with 17 goals and seven assists in all competitions.
Hazard scored the only goal of the game as Antonio Conte’s men secured an important 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.
In other Tottenham news, fans were left fuming at the performance of this star man at Old Trafford.