Sir Alex Ferguson's explanation of why United didn't sign Hazard before he joined Chelsea
- Agents' fees became the reason for United's failure to sign the 27-year-old midfielder back in 2012
- Six years ago the Belgian admitted he was choosing between joining Chelsea and Manchester United
- The Blues footballer has also praised Mourinho for his skills and told about his desire to work with the Portuguese again one day
During Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell's unveiling press conference in 2012, Sir Alex Ferguson explained why the Red Devils failed to sign one of the most talented French League's midfielders back then:
"There is a borderline in terms of what you would think is a good signing for United. I see some values on players, like Hazard for instance. To me it was a lot of money. What we're finding anyway, the climate for buying these top players - not just the transfer fees, the salaries, agents' fees - is just getting ridiculous now. In the Hazard deal, Chelsea paid the agent £6m. The Nasri situation was the same. It's all about what you think is value for a player."
"I am not envious of those deals at all. We placed a value on Hazard which was well below what they were talking about. So if it doesn't work well we're not worried about that. We think we've got good value in Kagawa."
Straight after joining the Blues, the midfielder has commented on the rumours about United's interest in him:
"When they won the Champions League I told myself, 'Why not Chelsea?'," Hazard said. "There was a struggle between Chelsea and United but, for me, Chelsea has the best project. It's a wonderful club."
Earlier Hazard has spoken on his relationship with Mourinho. He regrets not playing under the manager anymore and hopes one day to reunite with the Portuguese.