Mateo Kovacic has admitted that he did not know just how good Eden Hazard really was until he saw him in action in the flesh.
Hazard is one of the best players on the planet. It doesn’t matter whether you’re playing for Inter Milan or Real Madrid, the Belgian will end up on your TV screen at some point.
Kovacic will have been well aware of Hazard’s talent and his importance to Chelsea, but has revealed his surprise at how good Hazard is.
Kovacic is quoted by Standard Sport saying:
“Obviously I knew that he is a great player. But now, when I see him playing with us every day, every week, he is just incredible.”
“For me, in this moment, one of the three best players in the world.”
In many ways, we’ve been equally surprised at Hazard’s performance level this season. He’s been unusually quick out the blocks, especially considering he didn’t have a pre-season.
Whether Kovacic will have the pleasure of playing with Hazard beyond this season is yet unclear. Though, even if he does return to the Santiago Bernabeu, that doesn’t necessarily rule out a reunion with our Eden…