‘Hazard is truly out of this world’ – De Ligt

first_imgNetherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt described Eden Hazard as “out of this world” after facing the Belgium star in a friendly on Tuesday.Ronald Koeman’s men held Belgium to a 1-1 draw in Brussels after Arnaut Groeneveld cancelled out Dries Mertens’ opener in the first half.The highly rated De Ligt, 19, played the first half – like Hazard – and was impressed by the Chelsea attacker. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I obviously knew about the size of [Romelu] Lukaku,” the Ajax defender said.”And Hazard is truly out of this world. It’s been some night for me.”De Ligt came through the youth system at Ajax and has been linked to the likes of Manchester City and United and Barcelona among other clubs.The teenager enjoyed the opportunity to face some of the world’s best, saying: “It was fantastic.”You start playing football for games like these. Strikers like Lukaku, wingers like Hazard, it’s great to face them on the pitch.”De Ligt has made 11 international appearances, but dismissed suggestions he was already a certain starter for Netherlands.”I wouldn’t say irreplaceable, but I have played many games recently,” he said.”That was one of my goals, but to be irreplaceable, you have to play really consistently over a longer period of time.”last_img

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