Eden Hazard has completed his ‘dream’ move to Real Madrid, in a deal which could cost £130 million.
The Belgian has never kept his desire to play for Los Blancos a secret, and with just one year remaining on his deal at Stamford Bridge, it is finally time for that dream to come true.
It is being widely reported that his move to the Bernabeu is for an initial fee of £88m, but potentially rising to £130m, which would see him become the second most expensive player involving a British club, with only Philippe Coutinho’s £142m move to Barcelona costing more.
Speaking about his move, he admitted that leaving Chelsea was the ‘toughest decision of his career’.
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 7, 2019
“You now know that I will be joining Real Madrid. It’s no secret that it was my dream to play for them since I was a young boy just scoring my first goal,” Hazard wrote on his social media channels.
“Now the clubs have reached an agreement 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.
“Leaving Chelsea is the biggest and toughest decision in my career to date. 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.”
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “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.
“The memories he leaves us with will not fade. 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.
“We look forward to welcoming him back to Stamford Bridge in the future.”
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) June 7, 2019