Real Madrid and Chelsea have finally agreed on Eden Hazard’s initial transfer fee of €100m, though the total fee would rise to around €140m with add-ons.
The two clubs, Real Madrid and Chelsea have now finally agreed on Hazard’s price following face-to-face talks between Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and Real Madrid CEO Jose Angel Sanchez in London.
Hazard will finally get the opportunity to play under manager Zinedine Zidane, whom he idolised as a player growing up. Zinedine Zidane has also long been an admirer of Hazard, and the Frenchman’s presence in the dugout further fuelled his eagerness to move. Hazard now joins fellow summer signings Luka Jovic and Eder Militao to move to Los Blancos following their underwhelming 2018-19 campaign.
Hazard is set for a significant pay-rise upon joining Real Madrid after turning down multiple contract extension offers from Chelsea. He has been clear for a number of years now about his desire to move to the Spanish capital, and while it was also true that he enjoyed playing at Chelsea, he will fulfil a lifelong dream by lining up in the white colours. Throughout the 2018/19 season, as it became increasingly clear that the end for him in London was near, he remained determined to focus on the job at hand of returning Chelsea to the Champions League with a top-four finish and lifting silverware, Europa League before leaving Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea rejected Madrid’s opening offer for the player in April, but have finally come to an agreement, with Hazard set to reunite with international team-mate Thibaut Courtois, who made the same move last summer. Courtois will likely be forced to act as a translator for his compatriot, who will enter a dressing room where few players speak either English or French.
The Blues have already signed Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in a bid to replace Hazard while fellow winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to bring an end to the debate regarding his future by signing a five-year deal with his boyhood club. An appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) could also see the ban delayed or even overturned, but for now, there will be no new faces coming through the door to Chelsea.
At 28 now, Hazard’s dream will become reality and he’ll be hoping to give some of his best years to Los Blancos. Hazard seems destined to be the leader of Real Madrid’s attack next season. Zidane wants to build his new team around the Belgian attacker. So this is arguably the most important move the club will make this summer.
Although, Hazard won’t be presented at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu until after Belgium’s European Championship qualification matches, with Belgium to take on Kazakhstan on Saturday and Scotland on Tuesday.
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