Hazard: Wayne Rooney would be a 'brilliant signing' for Chelsea

Chelsea's Belgian star Eden Hazard. Photo: PA

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard would welcome the prospect of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney moving to Stamford Bridge.

Rooney left Bangkok last week as Chelsea arrived after a hamstring injury ruled him out of Manchester United's tour of Asia and Australia.

United boss David Moyes has repeatedly insisted Rooney is not for sale after Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho expressed his admiration for the striker, sentiments Hazard echoed in Bangkok today.

"Rooney would be a brilliant signing," Hazard said.

"He's a great player who has the experience and he's still only young, at 27.

"He's got a few years left to play. But it's not up to me. It's not my decision."

Further signings are expected at Chelsea this summer after the arrivals of Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel and Mark Schwarzer.

Mourinho is such an admirer of Hazard that he once tried to sign the Belgian from Lille.

"He told me he'd asked Lille, but I wanted to stay there until I was 21 and develop my game," added Hazard, who moved to Stamford Bridge last summer.

"I must have been 19 or 20 at the time. Real Madrid is a wonderful team, but I had so much still to prove in the French league. I stayed because I didn't want to leave too early."

Now 22, Hazard is seeking to improve on an impressive first season in England under Mourinho.

"He told us all what he expected of us, what he wants to see," Hazard said.

"To me he told me to be ambitious with my game, to try things and that, if I do that, I can do something special this year.

"I told him I wanted to do myself justice, to do as well as I can, and that is all he wants to see from all of us. I hope it will end up being productive."

Chelsea, the 2012 Champions League winners, won a trophy at the eighth attempt last term, but Hazard missed the Europa League triumph with a hamstring injury.

A first Barclays Premier League title for Chelsea since 2010 must surely be on Mourinho's agenda, but Hazard knows the Special One's arrival alone will not be sufficient to spur the Blues to the title.

Hazard added: "With him in charge, we win matches and claim trophies.

"His arrival is important certainly. But it won't be him who actually goes out there and wins the title.

"We have to concentrate on what he wants of us and, if we all give 100%, we have a real chance of winning the title.

"Of course there'll be big rivals out there but we have a real chance this year.

"And, with a good manager in place, our chances are even greater."

Hazard is one member of a Belgian core of young talent at Chelsea.

The playmaker believes Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne, who are in first-team contention after spending last season on loan, can make an impact.

On Lukaku, Hazard said: "He has a real chance. What do you ask of a young striker? To score goals - and he can do that."

On De Bruyne, Hazard added: "It's a pleasure to play with him. It's great he's staying with us this season."

Another Belgian could follow if rumoured interest in Aston Villa's Christian Benteke comes to fruition.

Hazard said: "Benteke is my friend. We get on very well.

"He had an unbelievable first season for a young striker in the Premier League.

"His dream is to play even higher. I think he's got all the attributes to do well at a big club."