Hazard leaves Chelsea for Real Madrid

Hazard leaves Chelsea for Real Madrid

07/06/2019

Eden Hazard has signed for Real Madrid, bringing months of speculation to an end.

The Belgian, who played a key role in delivering the Europa League for Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea against Arsenal, will join the Liga club this summer after the London side announced an agreement for a five-year deal had been made.

Spanish media reports said Real paid Chelsea ?éČ100 million for the 28-year-old, who was set to become a free agent in June 2020.

"Real Madrid and Chelsea have agreed the transfer for the player Eden Hazard," the Spanish club said.

"The player will be tied to the club for the next five seasons, until June 30, 2024."

The statement added that Hazard would be officially presented at the club's Santiago Bernabeu stadium on June 13, subject to completing a medical.

Hazard wrote a message to his 'Chelsea friends and family' on his Facebook page, explaining that it was the 'biggest and toughest decision in my career to date' but that it had always been his dream to play for Los Blancos.

Hazard leaves Chelsea having scored twice in a 4-1 win over London rivals Arsenal in last month's Europa League final in Baku.

The 28-year-old joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012 for ??32 million and won the Europa League in his first season. He later won the Premier League title in 2015 and in 2017 as well as one League Cup and FA Cup.

He scored 16 goals and created another 15 in the Premier League this season as Chelsea finished third in the table.

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