CHELSEA star Eden Hazard is ‘by far one of the best players in the world’ according to Manchester city manager Pep Guardiola.
But he admitted that the reigning Premier League champions have no plans to add the Belgian winger to their potent squad of stars.
City travel to Stamford Bridge for today’s 5.30pm showdown between two of the top-flight’s heavyweights.
In the lead up to the game, Hazard suggested that the only way City could improve was by buying him.
“It’s true they don’t have an Eden Hazard,” he said to Play Sports. “That is the difference.”
But despite Sergio Aguero certain to miss the clash, City’s attacking ranks are well-stocked.
And Guardiola rejected the suggestion Hazard could be a transfer target for the champions.
“That is not going to happen. No,” he said yesterday.
Asked how much danger Hazard will pose to City’s defence, Guardiola added: “A lot.
“I’m agreeing with you. He said I’m so good that I’m agreeing with him.
“Switch on the TV, look at him, immediately you realise his qualities.
“You [the media] know his qualities better than me. He’s an exceptional player.
“One, by far, one of the best players in the world.”
Hazard is averaging a goal every two games for Chelsea so far this season.
But the 27-year-old has gone six league games without a goal as the west London side’s form has faltered.
Maurizio Sarri’s side could drop out of the Premier League’s top four if they fail to beat City.
London rivals Arsenal could leapfrog them should they beat Huddersfield at the Emirates and Chelsea fail to win.