Chelsea winger Eden Hazard believes Wayne Rooney would be a "brilliant" signing for the Blues, if they can tempt Manchester United into selling to one of its closest rivals.
Despite United's repeated insistence that its star man is not for sale, the protracted transfer saga of Rooney looks set to continue over the summer, with new manager David Moyes admitting he will be playing second fiddle to Robin van Persie next season.
Rooney has been linked with Chelsea since it was made clear towards the end of last season that the England international was questioning his future at Old Trafford.
"Rooney, Xabi Alonso at Real Madrid, [Daniele] De Rossi [at Roma]. We've heard all the names. It's not up to us who comes in, but it's exciting," Hazard told the Independent.
"Rooney would be a brilliant signing. 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."
Hazard was one of Chelsea's most influential players last season and one of its marquee summer signings last year at 32 million pounds.
The 22-year-old, who was shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year award last season, says new boss Jose Mourinho has told him to be more ambitious.
"He wants me 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," he continued. "With Mourinho we know what he is. With him in charge, we win matches and ultimately trophies. His arrival is important. But it won't be him who actually goes out there and wins the title.
"He'll do everything he can to put that in place, to create the environment for us, but it'll be the players who have to deliver the trophies. We have to concentrate on what he wants of us and, if we all give 100 percent, we have a real chance of winning the title."
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