Eden Hazard: Real Madrid sign Chelsea forward on a five-year deal

Eden Hazard: Real Madrid sign Chelsea forward on a five-year deal

"He always told me that Real Madrid is his dream club".

As Real Madrid today confirmed the £88.5 million signing of Eden Hazard, one could be forgiven for wondering if the fact that their marquee announcement came at half-time of Spain's Euro 2020 qualifier against the Faroe Islands was a deliberate snub to the national team.

Eden Hazard has left Chelsea and moved to Real Madrid, in news that will shock absolutely nobody.

Hazard wrote a message to his "Chelsea friends and family" on his Facebook page, explaining that it was the 'biggest and toughest decision in my career to date' but that it had always been his dream to play for Los Blancos.

"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".

Whilst some think Real Madrid have got a steal...

His final game for The Blues saw him score two goals and lift the Europa League following a 4-1 victory over Arsenal.

Madrid have already signed Serbia striker Luka Jovic, 21, from Eintracht Frankfurt for €60m, Brazil defender Eder Militao, 21, from Porto for €50 million, and Brazilian forward Rodrygo, 18, from Santos for €54m.

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"The memories he leaves us with will not fade", Granovskaia said.

Chelsea fan-group "We Are the Shed" have revealed the banner will be moved out of respect to the players who remain at the club, despite Hazard leaving west London on good terms.

Hazard will be formally introduced as a Real Madrid player on Thursday after completing a medical.

Despite the accolades, Hazard's banner will still be removed from Stamford Bridge in the 2019/2020 season.

However Zidane sets his side up, it's expected that Hazard's superb versatility will be put to full use next season. The Belgian was also rewarded for his individual performances with the PFA Player of the Year award in the 2014-15 season.

Confirmation of the move comes on the same day the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced that Chelsea has lodged an appeal against the transfer ban imposed on the club by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Homegrown forward Callum Hudson-Odoi will play a more pivotal role once fit after Achilles tendon surgery, though the 18-year-old remains locked in talks with Chelsea over a new long-term contract.

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