New Real Madrid signing Eden Hazard discussed how Romelu Lukaku will fit in at Inter, plus what he learned from Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.
The Belgium international sat down for an interview with the Corriere della Sera newspaper after finally completing his move to the Bernabeu.
“Ever since childhood, I dreamed of one day wearing the Real Madrid jersey. When Real knock at your door, you can do only one thing: open it.
“I had unforgettable years at Chelsea, but here I’m in Seventh Heaven. Zinedine Zidane was one of my idols growing up and I had his poster on my wall. Now he is my Coach.”
Hazard worked under two different Italian tacticians during his time at Chelsea, first Conte and then Sarri.
“I learned so much from them. They are both very different, in terms of personality and their ideas of football, but they have one thing in common: both are winners.
“They have specific playing styles and know what instructions to give the squad. Of course I watch Serie A games, as football is my passion and the Italian league is one of the most important in the world.”
Hazard’s fellow Belgian Lukaku has joined Inter from Manchester United in a deal worth €65m plus €10m in bonuses and a five per cent cut of any future fee.
“Lukaku is a fantastic striker, a hitman who can adapt to most teams. He scores many goals, which of course is important for a centre-forward, but it would be a mistake to judge him solely on that. He does many other things do.
“For example, Lukaku is excellent in his hold-up play and encouraging others to push forward. With him in the team, everyone plays better.”
Finally, Hazard joked about the new rivalry with Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, which sees two of the shortest players in La Liga face off.
“If I had been passionate about basketball, then I’d have been in trouble! In that sense, football is a democratic sport, as talent is not measured in centimetres.”