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Eden Hazard has insisted that one of his former Chelsea teammates was the most talented footballer he ever played with.
During his seven years at Stamford Bridge, Hazard shared the pitch with some of the club’s most iconic stars, including Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and John Terry.
The Belgian’s ill-fated move to Real Madrid in 2019 would see him rub shoulders with even more of the sport’s biggest talents.
However, when asked in the Obi Uno Podcastpresented by former Chelsea star John Obi Mikel, on which of his former teammates was the most talented, the 33-year-old had a surprising answer.
‘At Real Madrid I play with the best player in the world. For me (Luka) Modric and (Karim) Benzema are the first on the list.” Danger he said during the podcast.
Eden Hazard chose a former Chelsea star as the most talented player he ever played with
But the Belgian did not select any of his former Stamford Bridge teammates.
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“When you say Kevin De Bruyne, he is the first on the list, when you say (Frank) Lampard he is the first on the list, Juan Mata for me was the first on the list.
‘I’ll give you a name and John knows the player. The only one I said “wow” to, but when I stopped playing in the France youth team, was Gael Kakuta.
‘You asked me for talent. Kakuta by far number one. Talent. I mean, talent. Wow.’
Kakuta’s arrival in west London would prove to be the cause of significant controversy, with FIFA subsequently slapping the winger with a four-month ban and announcing a transfer ban to Chelsea after it was ruled that he had been induced to break his contract. contract with Lens.
However, an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the decision that the French youth international did not have a valid contract with Lens.
Despite his legal issues being resolved, Kalkuta struggled to break into Chelsea’s first team, being loaned out repeatedly and making just 16 appearances before leaving the club permanently in 2016.
While he failed to show his immense potential in the Premier League, Hazard added that Kakuta’s talent was evident even before his senior career at the Blues.
Gael Kakuta only played six Premier League games in eight years at Chelsea
However, Hazard insisted the winger had a special level of natural ability from a young age.
“You know, I play against him a lot because I used to play for Lille and he played for Lens.” Hazard continued.
‘You know, it’s a derby, it’s the north of France. So me being me. We used to win every game, every game, five, six, zero.
‘Me: the best player of all the games. And then every time we played against him, we lost the game. He is the best player. He is the best player. This is not normal.
“I think it’s easy to say now, but I think it was too early (for) Chelsea. He was 16 when he left France for Chelsea, you know? And that step at 16 is a huge step.”
Kakuta, now 32 and playing for Ligue 2 side Amiens, represented the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the African Cup of Nations.
Kakuta later returned to Lens, enjoying the best form of his career at Stade Bollaert-Delelis, and was the club’s top scorer in Ligue 1 in the 2020-21 season with 11.
In 2022, Kakuta rejoined Amiens and has played 16 times for Omar Daf’s side in the French second division this season.
Kakuta, now 32, represented the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the African Cup of Nations in January, making four appearances when they were eliminated by eventual winners Côte d’Ivoire in the semi-finals.
Eden Hazard was speaking on the Obi One podcast.