Updated: Jun 10, 2019
Real Madrid confirm Eden Hazard deal.
Eden Hazard finally got his dream move from Chelsea to Real Madrid in a fee that could rise up to £130million when all the bonus payments are included.
The Belgium star, who made no secret of his desire to join Los Blancos, was identified by Real boss Zinedine Zidane as his No.1 transfer target this summer, and after seven years at Stamford Bridge, Hazard is now at the Spanish capital where he’ll hope to win silverwares.
After putting pen to paper at the Bernabeu, Hazard released a lengthy statement on Friday night, paying tribute to Chelsea.
“You now know that I will be joining Real Madrid,” he said. “It’s no secret that it was my dream to play for them since I was a young boy just scoring my first goal. I have tried my very best not to distract myself or the team through this difficult period of speculation and media attention, especially the last 6 months.
“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.
"Leaving Chelsea is the biggest and toughest decision in my career to date. Now it’s in the open I would like to put on record one thing was always clear to me, I have loved every moment at Chelsea and not once did I ever consider, nor would I have left for any other Club.
"I was only 21 when I joined, so I have grown up as a man and a player with all of you, you have helped me become Captain of the Belgium National team after all. There have of course been tough times, for the team as a whole and for me personally, this is professional football.
"However, football to me is about having a ball at my feet, playing games and enjoying every moment, we are lucky to play the beautiful game and this is always my advice to those who ask for a coaching tip! Play football and have fun!
"Even when we were not playing well, I tried to do my best and this has been thanks to your amazing support. That fighting spirit, desire and the refusal to ever give up is part of the culture here at Chelsea and it comes directly from you.
"When I think back over my special moments in a Chelsea shirt, there are so many, we are lucky to win many more games than we have lost...