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PSG out of the running for Hazard signing

ESPNsoccernet staff
May 1, 2012
Carlo Ancelotti insists PSG are not in the running for Eden Hazard © PA Photos

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed he is not interested in bringing Eden Hazard to the club this summer, seemingly paving the way for the in-demand Lille star to move to the Premier League.

Hazard, 21, has enjoyed another stellar season with Lille and his exploits have not gone unnoticed by Europe's elite, with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson among those to have publicly voiced their admiration for him.

Ligue 1 big-spenders PSG have also been linked with a swoop for the Belgium international, and speculation about such a move was heightened after he scored the first goal in a 2-1 win against Les Parisiens on Sunday.

But despite watching Hazard pull the strings as his side were dealt a massive blow in the race for the French title, Ancelotti is adamant the talented playmaker isn't on his list of potential summer additions.

"We are not interested in this player," Ancelotti told L'Equipe, when asked about Hazard. "We have other targets."

Hazard, too, was questioned about a possible move to PSG last weekend, but told Canal+ that he would prefer to test himself in the Premier League were he to leave Lille.

"Paris is interesting, but my objective is to go to the Premier League, because I have had my time in France," Hazard said. "I want to finish the season with Lille and then go to England."

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