HAZARD SET FOR LILLE FAREWELL
Lille's final match of the season at home to Nancy will be an occasion of farewells.
It will be the last game at the Stade Lille Metropole, with the club's new ground almost complete, but more significantly it will be Eden Hazard's chance to say goodbye to the club he joined as a 14-year-old.
The Belgian winger is one of the hottest properties in Europe and has already stated his intention to move to a bigger club this summer, with both Manchester City and United heavily linked.
With third place already assured goalkeeper Mickael Landreau knows it will be an emotional occasion.
"What is hard is that even before he leaves we are upset already," he told the club's website www.losc.fr.
"This proves his talent, his work every day to thrill people. I can at least tell people that I had the chance to play alongside him.
"I think his departure will be harder to digest for fans, who appreciate his game, and as team-mates we will not forget he has saved us a lot of games."
Hazard was named Ligue 1 player of the season for the second successive year and coach Rudi Garcia admitted he would be impossible to replace.
"Eden is irreplaceable but we will compensate, as was done every season," he said.
The match itself is largely irrelevant, with Lille assured of third place and Champions League football next season while Nancy cannot be overtaken in 11th.
Landreau is keen to sign off with a victory having lost to champions-elect Montpellier last weekend.
"Of course you want to win and enjoy it," he added.
"After, we can take stock but for the championship it's satisfying to finish third.
"We perhaps hoped for more but ultimately you deserve the position you occupy at the end."
Nancy striker Daniel Niculae and midfielder Bakaye Traore did not train today because of illness but they are expected to be fit for the trip, as are defender Salif Sane and forward Djamel Bakar.
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