Eden Hazard’s Sh11.4bn move to Madrid to be announced after Europa League final
Chelsea star Eden Hazard will be officially unveiled at the Santiago Bernabeu after Chelsea play their final match of the season.
This is according to reports in France which claim that the dream move for the Belgian is complete and he will be presented to the Real faithful after his current employers face London rivals Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku on May 29.
Real have been the greatest admirers of Hazard and Zinedine Zidane’s return to the club only confirmed the interest as he looks for quality players to lead his revolution in the Spanish capital. The deal is said to be about €100million (£86m) - 11.4 billion Ksh.
The Blues have been trying to tie their star man to a new deal but things seem to have shifted south for them as Hazard’s heart now wants to be in Madrid.
French publication L’Equipe reports that the deal was struck weeks ago but cannot be made public before Chelsea’s season is over.
The former Lille man has been spectacular for Chelsea this season amid fans’ complaints about manager Maurizio Sarri’s tactics.
He has one year left on his current Stamford Bridge deal and Chelsea don’t want to risk keeping an unsettled player who has made it clear he wants to leave, despite the looming two-window transfer ban for breaking rules over the signing of under-18 players.
The Belgian scored 16 goals in 37 games in the just concluded Premier League season and bagged more assists than any other player in the league (15). He received the playmaker trophy on Sunday after Chelsea's 0-0 draw at Leicester City.
Hazard is also said to have informed the club of his desire to leave the Bridge for the Bernabeu this summer.
'I have made my decision but it is not just about me. I told the club a couple of weeks ago. I wanted it to be cleared up earlier but that's not happened. I'm still waiting like the fans are waiting.' Said the Chelsea man.
Chelsea fans have also played their part in begging their star man to stay, the latest cases being the display of banners at Stamford Bridge and the road incident where a fan begged the Belgian to stay but he just drove off without any comment.
If Hazard leaves for Madrid, Chelsea will have to call on their loan army that is packed with talent to step in the gap left by their crown jewel.
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