Real Madrid have completed the signing of winger Eden Hazard from Chelsea for a reported fee of around £88.5m, rising to £130m in add-ons.
The Belgian has been linked with Los Blancos for what feels like an eternity, and he said his goodbyes to Blues fans after guiding them to Europa League glory against rivals Arsenal, confirming he was eager for a switch to Real to be sealed as soon as possible.
Hazard will be unveiled at the Santiago Bernabeu on June 13th and will sign a five-year contract with the club.
Real Madrid said in a statement on Friday night: “Real Madrid CF and Chelsea FC have agreed to the transfer of the player Eden Hazard. The player remains linked to the club during the next five seasons, until June 30, 2024.
“Eden Hazard will be presented as a new player of Real Madrid on Thursday June 13 at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, after passing the relevant medical examination.”
Real Madrid will be paying around €100 million for the Belgian star. His contract with Chelsea was going to expire next season and Los Blancos were able to secure a reasonable transfer fee while the London-based club also got something in return for a player who was going to leave as a free agent in just 12 months, so this should be a satisfying deal for all three parts involved.
Hazard will be expected to lead Real Madrid’s offensive line next year. Coach Zinedine Zidane has always been a fan of his game and it will be interesting to see what he has in store for the winger. On paper, Hazard should be very comfortable playing alongside Karim Benzema.