Real Madrid confirm the signing of Eden Hazard

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Spanish giant, Real Madrid, have confirmed the signing of Chelsea striker Eden Hazard on a five-year deal, the LaLiga club said in a statement on Friday.

The 28-year-old leaves Europa League winners Chelsea after seven years at Stamford Bridge, with the two clubs agreeing to a fee of 100 million euros for the player.

The Belgian international will be officially presented at the at the Bernabéu on June 13.

Hazard, who has been a prime target of Madrid for quite some time, will come into to strengthen the attacking line of coach Zinedine Zidane, who will have the option of playing the versatile striker in several positions — on the right or left or as a false nine.

During his seven years at Stamford Bridge, Hazard provided 110 goals and 92 assists in 352 games, winning two Premier League titles, two Europa League titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup.

“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,” read a statement by Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia on the club’s website.

The Belgian striker becomes the second most expensive signing in Madrid’s history after Gareth Bale, and president Florentino Perez’s first Galactico-level acquisition since 75-million-euro James Rodriguez in 2014.

“We’ve been trying for a number of years to make Hazard a Real Madrid player, but we haven’t achieved it yet,” said Pérez in a radio interview just last week.

“I’d really like Hazard to come to Real Madrid and really hope he does. He is one of the best footballers.”

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Real Madrid set to announce Eden Hazard signing today

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According to reports in Spain, Real Madrid are close to announce the signing of Chelsea star Eden Hazard. Madrid will this Thursday make Chelsea an offer that they believe will be definitive, and convince Chelsea to sell the Belgian player.

Hazard delivered  Europa League with Chelsea on Wednesday night in Baku scoring twice in a 4-1 rout of Arsenal and has sent a goodbye message to Chelsea fans.

Hazard himself made the situation clear at the end of the game when he was interviewed by BT Sport: “I think it’s goodbye but in football you never know. My dream was to play in the Premier League and I did this for seven years in one of the biggest clubs in the world and maybe it’s time for a new challenge.”

“I’ve taken my decision already. Now it depends on the club. I’m just waiting like the fans wait, so you will know in a couple of days,” he added.

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Hazard stars as Chelsea spank Arsenal to win Europa League trophy

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Chelsea hammered Arsenal 4-1 to end the  season with an Europa League trophy. Two goals from Eden Hazard after strikes from Olivier Giroud and Pedro put Chelsea in command in Baku, Azerbaijan, with the Blues winning the Europa League final after a goal-filled second half.

Alex Iwobi managed to grab a consolation, but Chelsea had evidently recovered from whatever spat saw Maurizio Sarri storm out of training on Tuesday night.

For Arsenal, it is another year of promising , but never really delivering. For Chelsea, this is a game that could mark Hazard’s exit with triumph, and may even save Sarri’s job.

Arsenal, had been hoping to win in order to qualify for next season’s Champions League after a fifth-place finish in England,  but will instead find itself back in the Europa League next season.

Chelsea, meanwhile, claims its second Europa League crown in seven seasons, despite having the safety net of already qualifying for the UCL with a third-place run in the Premier League.

Hazard, in what could well have been his last match with Chelsea as reports of a move to Real Madrid swirl, was sensational on the night, and if he does exit the club, he’ll do so with a European title.

 

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