Eden Hazard has been on Soccer AM this week, and if you can bear the rest of the insufferable program, you will at least get a little interview with Eden Hazard as a reward.
The Belgian revealed some interesting facts in his interview with “Tubes”, including some fairly predictable info about who is the best dancer, who has the worst fashion sense etc.
But the most interesting tidbit is when the winger discusses who could go on to be a manager. He has no hesitation in claiming that Spanish full back Cesar Azpilicueta was his choice for likely to go on and be a gaffer.
“Cesar Azpilicueta, because he is talking a lot about football,” Hazard ponders, and it’s hard to disagree when you consider the kind of attitude the Spaniard has on the pitch. Given his tactical intelligence it’s easy to imagine him on the touchline in a suit conducting players and winning trophies.
Let’s just hope it’s at Chelsea!
Ethan Ampadu can mature into a player like Rio Ferdinand
Ethan Ampadu drew comparisons with Rio Ferdinand after making his international debut – and Chris Coleman insists the Chelsea teenager will remain committed to Wales.
Ampadu was sent on just after the hour mark of Wales’ 2-0 defeat to France in Paris on Friday night and his composure on the ball belied his tender years.
The 17-year-old has already made his Chelsea debut this season and is equally adept at playing in midfield or in central defence – just like Ferdinand did when he started out at West Ham before making big-money moves to Leeds and Manchester United.
‘Ethan’s capable of playing both,’ Wales manager Coleman said after utilising Ampadu in a midfield role at the Stade de France.
‘His frame, athleticism and understanding of the game, he’s a great communicator for someone so young.
‘So at the moment it (best position) is a tough one to call. He could end up playing holding midfielder or as a centre-back.
‘He’s got a long way to go before you can liken him to someone like Rio Ferdinand, but I remember him coming on at West Ham in midfield.
‘But he gravitated into a centre-back, probably the best the Premier League has seen in the last 20 years.
‘You never know what’s going to happen in the future, but Ethan is definitely capable of playing both positions.
‘The modern day centre-back starts play and has to be confident in possession and Ethan can do that.’
Exeter-born Ampadu was capped by Wales at Under-17 and Under-19 level before being promoted into the senior squad.
His first full Wales cap came just 57 days past his 17th birthday, but the fact that it was a friendly means he is still eligible to play for England, Ghana and the Republic of Ireland.
After the Paris defeat, Coleman addressed the issue with Brooks also still eligible to play for England.
‘They’re not legally bound to us,’ Coleman said. ‘We spoke some years ago to the younger players and their parents and explained the pathways.
‘That’s all we can say and there’s nothing we can do if any player changes their mind.
‘I’ve worked and spent time with the players we’ve got.
‘In football you shouldn’t be surprised by anything but I’d be amazed if they left us. The players are firmly committed to us.’