Manchester United star and former Blues Juan Mata has named Eden Hazard as the greatest ever player in the Premier League.
Chelsea fans must be feeling quite nostalgic when hearing those two names together.
After Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012, the two of them played together for 18 months until Mata’s surprising transfer to Old Trafford in January 2014.
Hazard on the left, Mata in the centre with either Oscar, André Schürrle or Ramires on the right flank — Chelsea had one of the best creative-midfield forces in the league back then.
Mata still remembers those days and when asked to name the Premier League greatest player in a Q&A session with Manchester United, the Spanish international picked his former Chelsea teammate.
He told Manchester United’s official website: “The best Premier League player… I mean, I used to love to play with, and against, Eden Hazard. For me, for many years, he was the best in the league.
“He could win games by himself. I used to train with him and I know how good he can be.
“He has been very unlucky in his time with Real Madrid with some injuries, but I’m sure he’ll show his real level when he’s fit to do that and he’s not injured.”
Mata also mentioned other Premier League greats including Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba and he thinks they are up there as the best players in Premier League history.
Mata has won two European trophies with Chelsea; the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League in 2013, as well as an FA Cup trophy.
With Manchester United, he has won the Europa League and the League Cup under Jose Mourinho in 2016/17.