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The Italian is the latest in a long string of managers to state their admiration for the Lille winger ahead of what could potentially be a heated summer transfer battle

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has confessed that the club are interested in signing Lille starlet Eden Hazard in the summer.

The 21-year-old winger has attracted the attention of a host of Europe's elite clubs, including the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and city rivals Manchester United, but Mancini is adamant that City are the right club for him.

"I like Hazard a lot," the Italian told France Football.

"He's a good player, he's young and he would do great things in our team."

Mancini watched Lille take on Valenciennes last month in order to run the rule over the winger and believes that his style would flourish in the current City set-up.
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However, he also admits he may face stiff competition for his signature, given the interest of other clubs.

"Given his technical qualities, City would be the perfect destination for him," he added.

"I know him and have been following him for a long time. He's a player a lot of teams want."

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