Football: Eden Hazard grateful for foodie tip from Schooling before Singapore trip

Joseph Schooling with Eden Hazard at Chelsea's training ground in April. The Blues will join Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in Singapore for the round-robin International Champions Cup from July 25-29.
Joseph Schooling with Eden Hazard at Chelsea's training ground in April. The Blues will join Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in Singapore for the round-robin International Champions Cup from July 25-29.PHOTO: CHELSEA FC/FACEBOOK

English Premier League champions Chelsea will be in Singapore next month but it appears that Blues forward Eden Hazard has already done some scouting ahead of the visit.

The Belgian met Joseph Schooling at Chelsea's training ground in April and revealed that the Olympic swimming champion had told him where to find the best food in town.

The club had organised the London visit for Chelsea fan Schooling. The Singaporean met several first-team players and also watched the Blues' match against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge, where Antonio Conte's men lost 1-2.

Asked about the meeting, Hazard said: "He's a great guy and it was good to have a chance to talk to him.

"He did something good for Singapore and of course he supports the best club in the world.

"He (also) told me some places to go to in Singapore, some restaurants, we will see (if there's time to visit)."

The Blues will be up against German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Italian Serie A side Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup (ICC).

They will play a round-robin, three-match tournament at the 55,000-capacity National Stadium from July 25-29.

Hazard, who won both the Player of the Year and Goal of the Season gongs at the club's end-of-season awards ceremony, added that he was eagerly anticipating his first visit to Singapore.

Hazard said: "We are looking forward to this. Singapore is a great place. I can't wait to be there.

"We are always happy to see the fans and spend time with them. It's not every day that they can see the Chelsea squad.

"This competition is for us to be ready for the season and also for the fans."

Chua Siang Yee

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2017, with the headline 'Grateful for foodie tip from Schooling before S'pore trip'. Print Edition | Subscribe