Lille president leaves door open for shock Eden Hazard return

Eden Hazard could return to Lille
Eden Hazard could return to Lille / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Eden Hazard has been linked with a shock return to Lille, with the club president, Olivier Letang, refusing to rule out a move for the Real Madrid star.

Hazard has been linked with an exit from Madrid following a disappointing move from Chelsea which has seen him play just 55 games in two and a half seasons. Hazard made his Lille debut in 2007/08 and led the team to a historic domestic double in 2011, winning both the league title and the Coupe de France.

When asked about re-signing Hazard, Letang​ told L'Equipe: "A return of Hazard to Lille? It’s not impossible."

He added: "I’ll go to Spain if necessary. It could appear something impossible. Evidently, Hazard is an incredible player with a lot of quality. Now, he is a Real Madrid player and he is under contract with Real Madrid."​

While affording Hazard's wages might seem daunting, Lille have done well for themselves of late. They won Ligue 1 last season and have won their Champions League group this season.

The Belgium international enjoyed a brilliant spell at Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles, two FA Cups, and two Europa League titles.

Hazard has been linked with a return to the Premier League, with Chelsea reportedly interested in bringing back the winger. Madrid have already reportedly rejected a bid by West Ham as president Florentino Perez is holding out for an offer that at least matches what Los Blancos paid to sign Hazard.