Real Madrid sign Chelsea's Eden Hazard
Spanish giants Real Madrid have agreed to sign Belgium forward Eden Hazard from English Premier League club Chelsea.
Hazard has agreed a five-year contract and will be presented as a Real player on 13 June, subject to a medical.
The Belgium international scored 110 goals in 352 games for the Blues after joining from Lille in 2012, and scored twice as they won the Europa League final last week.
“Leaving Chelsea is the biggest and toughest decision in my career to date,” said the 28-year-old.
Writing on social site Facebook, he added: “I hope you understand I had to pursue my next chapter, just as each and every one of you should when you have the chance to pursue your dreams. Now it’s in the open I would like to put on record one thing was always clear to me, I have loved every moment at Chelsea and not once did I ever consider, nor would I have left for any other club.”
In seven seasons at the English club, 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.
It is worth to mention here that 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.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2019