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Drogba played role in Hazard move - Garcia

Last Updated: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:27

Former Lille boss Rudi Garcia has revealed that Didier Drogba played a key role in securing Eden Hazard's move to Chelsea.

Garcia who is now in charge of Serie A side Roma has claimed that Drogba called international team mate Gervinho - who was a member of the Lille squad with Hazard - on behalf of Blues owner Roman Abramovich.

Drogba is understood to have asked if he could speak to the Belgium international before eventually the Russian billionaire took over the conversation and offered to triple his wages if he made the move to Stamford Bridge.

Hazard made the move to Chelsea in 2012, going on to net 21 times in 60 games and establishing himself as one of the best in the league during the 2013/14 campaign.

Garcia claims that Drogba rang his Ivory Coast team-mate, asking whether the Belgian midfielder was with him: "Yes, He is here," Gervinho replied, before Abramovich interrupted the conversation to make the staggering offer.

"I don't know how much you earn at Lille, but I will triple your salary," the Russian billionaire is alleged to have told Hazard.

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