Chelsea’s Hazard would suit Bayern Munich, says Ribery

Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery believes Chelsea winger Eden Hazard would be a good fit for the club, ESPN has reported, although Ribery accepts the Belgium international wouldn’t be sold cheaply by the Premier League leaders.

Hazard’s international colleague Kevin De Bruyne has been mooted a potential Bayern signing and Ribery was asked for his thoughts on the former Chelsea player, touted as a long-term replacement for both Ribery and Arjen Robben, also once of Stamford Bridge.

“He’s a super player, but when I see him I note that he’s different to Arjen and me,” Ribery said of De Bruyne, now at Wolfsburg. “He’s not a player who takes the ball and starts dribbling, and likes to have the opponent in front of him.

“De Bruyne’s super when he has the space on the counter attack, but at Bayern you usually only have three, four metres – no huge spaces,” he continued. “But he is a good player, and he is still young. He can still learn,” Ribery conceded of the reported Manchester City target.

Asked about who he thought could one day replace himself and Robben at the Allianz Arena, Ribery pointed to former Lille man Hazard, but acknowledged the difficulty of prising him from West London. “He attacks all the time. He loves to run at his opponent,” Ribery said of Hazard. “But he plays at Chelsea. This could be very expensive for Bayern.”

De Bruyne, 23, spent two years on the books at Chelsea, but made only nine appearances before he was allowed to join Wolfsburg. He also spent a season of his time with Chelsea out on loan, representing Werder Bremen, before returning to Germany on a permanent basis.

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