Eden Hazard: Chelsea star picks dream five-a-side team... and includes Arsenal flop Gervinho and Manchester United's Juan Mata

Belgian winger won the Ligue 1 title with Gervinho at Lille

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has picked his dream five-a-side team of players he has played with in his career.

Having looked between the lines, the selections of the Belgian winger made on the Chelsea website potentially reveal some interesting truths about Hazard's view on Chelsea's transfer policy - two of his five are no longer at Stamford Bridge.

Or it could just be a bit of fun with Hazard picking his mates.

Hazard, 24, appears to be on his way to the PFA Player of the Season award having been brilliant this season, helping the Blues to top of the Premier League.

Hazard has picked an extremely attacking line-up with current Chelsea No 1 Thibaut Courtois, Arsenal flop Gervinho, Manchester United's Juan Mata, Demba Ba and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.

Putting a serious hat on, what's immediately interesting is his selection of Mata over team-mate Oscar.

The two players were directly in competition last season with Jose Mourinho preferring the athleticism and work rate of the Brazilian over the craft of the Spaniard. Mata was eventually sold to Manchester United while Oscar stayed and has struggled for consistency.

Is Hazard admitting that Mourinho made a mistake? Mourinho was also responsible for the sale of Demba Ba (eight goals last season), replacing him with Diego Costa (19 goals already), and Hazard has included him in the team too.

This probably was just a bit of fun - here's the team with Hazard's thoughts:


"He is young but he is already one of the best."

Hazard with Belgium and Chelsea team-mate Courtois


"I played with him at Lille and we won two trophies together. He was very good at creating."

Hazard and Gervinho won the Ligue 1 title with Lille in 2011


"From the first training session we were together our understanding was very good and we had a good relationship."

Juan Mata was sold to Manchester United last January


"My best friend! And not because I played with him, because I didn’t really get the chance – he was on the bench a lot and then when he started to play I was injured."

Demba Ba scoring against Liverpool last season


"I have a lot of respect for Didier. I saw a lot of his games before I came to Chelsea and he was one of the top players. It’s a pleasure to be his team-mate now."

Didier Drogba in action for Chelsea

Hazard added: "I know I don’t have any defenders in my team, but when do you think the opponent will get the ball?

"They are not getting the ball, but even if they do then I have Thibaut there to stop them."