Chelsea Football Club have confirmed that Eden Hazard has signed for Real Madrid.
The transfer fee is in the region of £88 million, which will rise to £130 million when add-ons are included. This is the largest fee that Chelsea have received for a player.
He has signed a 5-year year contract with the La Liga giants, with his contract expiring on June 30th 2024.
The 28-year-old Belgian spent seven seasons at Stamford Bridge, having joined from French Ligue 1 side, Lille in the summer of 2012 for £32 million. Hazard made an instinct impact as he provided an assist in the 3-2 defeat to Manchester City in the Community Shield. The Belgian enjoyed a promising debut season; in 34 league appearances, Hazard scored nine and assisted 14 times.
Eden saved the best for last. Hazard shone under Maurizio Sarri; in 37 league appearances, he scored 16 goals – replicating his goalscoring form of the historic 2016-17 title-winning season under former Head Coach, Antonio Conte. As a provider, 2018-19 was Hazard’s best ever season, amassing 15 assists. This surpassed the achievements of his debut season. He provided critical assists in narrow victories over Arsenal, Brighton, Fulham and Newcastle as Chelsea qualified for the 2019-20 Champions League.
In all competitions, the playmaker scored 110 goals and provided 95 assists in 352 appearances for the Club. During his seven seasons, Eden won 2 Premier League titles, 2 Europa League titles, a League Cup and a FA Cup. Not only was he named Chelsea Player of the Year four times but was named PFA Young Player of the Year in 2014 and PFA Player of the Year the following season.
Hazard missed the 2013 Europa League final due to a hamstring injury; however, he would not be denied in Baku. Rather fittingly, he scored twice in the 4-1 Europa League final victory over London rivals, Arsenal. Whilst his departure was speculated during the closing stages of the season, Hazard confirmed that he expected to leave the Club over the summer.