Real Madrid's new man Eden Hazard said that he believes the man replacing him in the Chelsea midfield, American wunderkind Christian Pulisic, can be the next great player at Stamford Bridge, ESPN reports.
"[Pulisic] can be one of the best in the future for sure," Hazard told The Associated Press at his unveiling as one of the covermen for EA Sports' FIFA 20 video game in New York.
Hazard thinks Pulisic can follow in his footsteps at Chelsea.
Eden Hazard backs Chelsea's Christian Pulisic to become 'one of the best' players in the world
Eden Hazard believes Christian Pulisic has what it takes to become one of the best players in the world after joining Chelsea.
While Pulisic has distanced himself from such comparisons, the Belgian star believes the Blues' new signing has what it takes to follow in his footsteps and become one of the best in Europe.
"[Pulisic] can be one of the best in the future for sure," Hazard told The Associated Press.
"He can be [a star]. Now he's at one of the best clubs in the world... he's a proper player." Hazard's comments echo those uttered by Pulisic's national team coach, Greg Berhalter, who earlier this month said the winger is destined for great things with the right guidance.
“He [Pulisic] has the ability to influence the game from different positions and can unlock defences whether as a No 10 or going wide," Berhalter said.
“With the coaching he’ll get in England, he has an incredibly bright future."Pulisic made his Chelsea debut as a substitute in the 1-0 defeat against Kawasaki Frontale on the club's tour of Japan.
But the Blues supporters got a better look at the USA international when he made his first start in the 2-1 win over Barcelona, impressing in the 60 minutes he played before being substituted. Eden Hazard rates his Chelsea successor Christian Pulisic.
Eden Hazard believes Christian Pulisic is at the perfect club to help him fulfil his abundant potential.
The American international is likely to fill the void on Chelsea’s left flank created by Hazard’s departure to Real Madrid earlier this summer in a £100million deal. Chelsea broke their transfer record to sign Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in January, but loaned the 20-year-old back to the German club for the second half of last season. Pulisic has shown flashes of the skill and dribbling ability that convinced Chelsea to invest so heavily in him on the club’s pre-season tour and Hazard is confident he will become a firm favourite of the Stamford Bridge faithful.