Fernando Morientes backed Eden Hazard as the “perfect” signing for Real Madrid and gave his tip on who will win the Champions League final.
Following his big admission on Wednesday night, Hazard is expected to complete a summer transfer to Real soon.
Los Blancos president Florentino Perez confirmed he’s “very hopeful” over completing a deal for the highly-rated Belgian. Although, a transfer fee has apparently not been agreed on yet.
It’s understood Chelsea have set an asking price of €147m for Hazard, which even Real are reluctant to match. Furthermore, ex-president Ramon Calderon warned the Spanish club not to expect much success in lowering the price tag.
Nonetheless, a deal for Hazard is expected to go ahead and Morientes is among those excited by the star’s arrival in Madrid.
“He’s a player that makes the difference,” the ex-Real Madrid striker told Marca.
“With his characteristics and attacking play, he is a perfect fit for Real Madrid.”
Although Hazard is just one of the many star names to be linked with a switch to Real.
“They have to bring in players that fit into the coach’s system and the philosophy of Real Madrid,” continued Morientes.
“They talk about [Kylian] Mbappe, Neymar, [Harry] Kane, [Paul] Pogba, and they’re being talked about because they’re all very good.”
Another one of Morientes’ old clubs in Liverpool will be in action on Saturday against Tottenham in the Champions League final.
The former Spain international was a part of the 2005 squad that famously won the European title over AC Milan at Istanbul.
“I’m backing Liverpool to win,” Morientes said.
“There are lots of players that could score in the final, but if I had to choose anyone, it would be [Sadio] Mane.”
Although the Morientes is wary over the threat that a fully-fit Harry Kane could provide for Spurs. The England captain has recovered from his ankle problem and was named in the squad for Madrid.
“If he plays, Tottenham will gain a lot from him, but they’ve also shown that they can win without him,” warned the three-time Champions League winner.
“I think he’s a more complete striker than I was. Football is evolving and the Englishman receives the ball in very difficult positions.”