Zidane is my dream coach, says Hazard
London: Chelsea star winger Eden Hazard has expressed his desire to play under Spanish football giants Real Madrid coach Zinadine Zidane and said he was "my dream coach and idol".
"Zinedine Zidane would be a dream to have as a coach," the Belgian international was quoted as saying by the Independent on Friday.
"He was my idol when I was little, I have a lot of respect for him," he added.
The 26-year-old Chelsea playmaker who has made 182 appearances for the London club since 2012 also said he is unsure about his future.
"Of course, I don't know what will happen in my career in the future, but to play under him would be a dream," the winger said.
"At this time, though, I'm happy at Chelsea. I still have a lot of things to do at Chelsea, and I'm focused on Chelsea," Hazard added.
Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Angel Di Maria has revealed that he almost joined Spanish football giant FC Barcelona in the summer transfer window.
"I was close to joining Barcelona in the summer and yet far away at the same time," the Argentine international was quoted saying by Spanish web site Marca on Thursday.
"It is hard to complete moves to these clubs. I never lost hope of it going through but in the end it didn't happen," Di Maria added.
The 29-year-old also said his past experience with Barcelona's rival club Real Madrid would not have stopped him from joining the side.
"My Madrid past wouldn't have been an issue as I'm not a Madrid fan and I always point that out whenever I'm asked about it," the former Real Madrid player said.