Hazard: Gervinho Best I've Played with

  • Last Updated: May 30 2012, 14:54 BST

Eden Hazard is on his way to England and will be turning out next season against the player he claims is the best he has ever played with - Gervinho.

Eden Hazard: Claims to have agreed a move to Chelsea

The Lille playmaker, who has been courted by Europe's top clubs, revealed on Tuesday that he is to sign for UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea this summer.

The Belgium international has long been linked with a switch to the Premier League, with his potential having been noted at an early age.

Now 21 years old, he feels the time is right to leave French football behind and test himself at a higher level.

He admits he is far from the finished article, as he continues to study the games of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but is being tipped to take the Premier League by storm.

Hazard will be aware that he faces a tough task, though, as the player he rates as the best he has had the privilege of playing alongside has struggled to make an impact at Arsenal since joining from Lille in the summer of 2011.

He said: "A lot of players watch videos of others. I'm not scared to say I watch videos of Messi and Ronaldo, I try and inspire myself from them.

"Great players inspire you. The best player I played with was Gervi (Gervinho).

"We didn't have the same qualities, but we both tried to make the difference. He taught me some things. He makes the right runs."

While Hazard's ability has never been in doubt, question marks have been raised over his temperament.

He claims to be no troublemaker and insists he has always given his all in an effort to be the best he possibly can be.

"I said I preferred playing rather than training. People interpreted that as me not wanting to work hard," said Hazard.

"That's false. I work seriously. It's helped me get to where I am now.

"Weight training and working on being explosive helped me gain a few yards of pace.

"Even when I was small I was stocky. Even if people pushed me I managed to stay on my feet."