thumbnail Hello,

The attacker wanted to repay faith shown in him by the France legend after the Madrid man admitted that he would have signed him for the Spanish giants if given the chance

New Chelsea signing Eden Hazard wanted the No.10 shirt at Stamford Bridge so he could be just like his role model Zinedine Zidane.

The former Real Madrid and France international wore the shirt for his country and the Belgian wanted to pay the biggest compliment to the World Cup winner but failed in his bid as Juan Mata would not give it up, and accepted the No.17.
CHELSEA LATEST
18/1 Chelsea are 18/1 with Paddy Power to win the Premier League this season with Fernando Torres finishing as top scorer

Speaking to the media last year, Zidane, who is now an advisor at Real Madrid, said that he "would sign Hazard with [my] eyes closed".

The 21-year-old returned the compliment by admitting a fight for the shirt number because the French international was his role model.

He told Champions Matchday magazine: "I've always liked the number 10, because it is one of Zidane. He was my role model, I've always wanted to play like him.

"When he started talking about me, I didn't understand what was happening any more. But he must have said that about other players, so I knew I had to keep on working."

The attacking midfielder won France's young player of the year in 2009 and 2010 and player of the year in 2011 and 2012, becoming the first footballer to win both awards since Zidane.

Related