Eden Hazard: Real Madrid sign Chelsea forward for fee that could rise to £130m

Eden Hazard: Real Madrid sign Chelsea forward for fee that could rise to £130m

Eden Hazard won two Premier League trophies with Chelsea, with the most recent coming in the 2016-17 season

Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign forward Eden Hazard from Chelsea for a fee that could rise to £130m.

Hazard has agreed a five-year contract and will be presented as a Real player on 13 June, subject to a medical.

The Belgian scored 110 goals in 352 games for Chelsea after joining from Lille in 2012, and scored twice as they won the Europa League final last week.

“The memories he leaves us with will not fade,” said Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.

“He provided all who watched Chelsea play with great entertainment and many match-winning contributions, and for that we thank Eden enormously.

“He has been a model professional throughout his time at the club, a wonderful individual to have around and a joy to work with.”

In seven seasons at Chelsea, Hazard won the Premier League and Europa League twice, the FA Cup and League Cup.

He was also named Chelsea’s Player of the Year on four occasions.

“Although it is with sadness we say goodbye to Eden and we made it absolutely clear to him the club wished him to stay, we respect the decision he has made to take on a new challenge in a different country and follow his childhood dream of playing for Real Madrid,” Granovskaia added.

Chelsea have been placed under a transfer ban by Fifa, meaning they will not be able to sign a replacement for Hazard.

The Blues are banned from signing players during the next two transfer windows until the end of January 2020. They failed with their first appeal to football’s world governing body, and have taken their second to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Hazard makes ‘dream’ move

Zinedine Zidane returned to Real for his second spell as manager in March. They finished third last season in the league, 19 points behind champions Barcelona.

And having won the Champions League for three successive seasons, they were knocked out by Ajax in the last 16.

Hazard is their third signing after the arrivals of striker Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt for a fee reported to be in excess of £50m and defender Eder Militao from Porto for 50m euros (£42.7m).

Hazard had been heavily linked with a switch to the Bernabeu and following victory in the Europa League final against Arsenal last month, he said, “I think it’s goodbye”.

In October 2018, he said that he was torn between signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge and a “dream” move to Madrid.

More to follow.

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