Belgian International drops biggest hint yet on what appeared to been his final Premier League game
Eden Hazard has confirmed that he has made a decision on his future, with it appearing that he will be leaving Stamford Bridge to join Real Madrid in the Summer.
After Chelsea’s final game of the 2018/19 Premier League season where the Blues drew 0-0 away to Leicester City, the Belgian international revealed that his mind is made up as to where he will play his football next season.
“I have made my decision. I’m still waiting like you are waiting and like the fans are waiting.”– Eden Hazard
Chelsea’s star man has been linked with a move to Los Blancos all season, with the interest and rumours growing over the last few months as talks between the two clubs appear to be ongoing.
Chelsea is wanting and holding out on €130 million for Hazard (£112m) – who has a year left on his current contract – with Real Madrid refusing to pay anymore than €100 million (£86m).
The goalless draw with the Foxes saw Maurizio Sarri’s side secure third place in the table, but Hazard revealed that securing Champions League next season at Stamford Bridge will have no bearing on his future.
“No, I don’t think so. I have made my decision, that’s it I’m still waiting. I told the club a couple of weeks ago.”– Eden Hazard
Whilst some are still hoping that the former Lille man will stay in London and sign a new deal with the five-time Premier League champions, it appears now that it’s inevitable that Hazard will be playing for his boyhood club, under the management of his boyhood hero Zinedine Zidane.
With nineteen goals and sixteen assists representing Hazard’s most productive season, the loss of the 28-year-old will be hard felt, as he was the only player at the club to register in double figures for either goals or creativity. Simply put, it will impossible for the club to replace him as he is irreplaceable.
Despite making these comments after today’s game, Hazard was adamant in saying that constant speculation regarding his future has not been a distraction to him and he is fully focused on Chelsea’s final game of the season, where they face London rivals Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League Final in Baku, Azerbaijan.
“We have a final to play and then I will see. I have made my decision but it is not just about me.”– Eden Hazard
Chelsea boss Sarri meanwhile is also in the dark over the future of his talismanic player.
“I hope of course, like every fan of Chelsea, that he will remain with us. But at the moment I don’t know.– Maurizio Sarri
I know very well that Eden tried to do his best for seven seasons at Chelsea. He did very well, he has become one of the best two or three players in the world, but I think also that we have to respect him and his decision.”
Do the quotes confirm anything new? For me, No.
But do they go along with what the majority of us Chelsea supporters already believe? Yes, unfortunately.
Even though I want him to stay, if Hazard does leave, he’ll go with my full blessing. It’s time to start drafting those ‘thank you’ tributes.
Don’t be sad that he’s going, smile because you were here to witness arguably the greatest player to ever play for our football club.
Thank you Eden.