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'What a player': Newcastle reportedly want 'unbelievable' star Joe Cole says is the best he's ever played with
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'What a player': Newcastle reportedly want 'unbelievable' star Joe Cole says is the best he's ever played with

Joe Cole has lavished praise on reported Newcastle United target Eden Hazard before the start of the World Cup.

Spanish outlet El Nacional reported earlier this month that Newcastle are the ‘most interested’ in signing Hazard from Real Madrid. 

Cole said on YouTube that Hazard is the best player he has ever played with – which is high praise considering who he has run out alongside during his career.

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Cole on Hazard

Cole said: “Eden Hazard, what a player. I would go as far as to say he’s the best player I’ve played with. Unbelievable. And he was a kid.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. He got left out of the team once – he never used to train properly but he was the hero there.

“He thought he would train properly and scored the best goal I’ve ever seen on a football pitch. He’d just sit there before a big game and he’d just go and be the best player.

“Old school player in that sense.”

Hazard is the exact kind of player Newcastle have been linked with since the takeover, but they have not gone in that direction at all.

They have shunned high-paid, expensive stars playing for Europe’s elite clubs in favour of those who are hungry to play for the club.

They were linked with a wide forward throughout the summer but someone like James Maddison feels more likely to join than Hazard.

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