European giants, Real Madrid have agreed on a deal to sign forward Eden Hazard from Chelsea for a fee that could exceed £150m. Hazard has agreed to a five-year contract and will be presented as a Real player on 13 June, subject to a medical.
Writing on Facebook, the Real Madrid attacking midfielder said:
Leaving Chelsea is the biggest and toughest decision in my career to date.
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.
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.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said:
The memories he leaves us with will not fade.
He provided all who watched Chelsea play with great entertainment and many match-winning contributions, and for that we thank Eden enormously.
He has been a model professional throughout his time at the club, a wonderful individual to have around and a joy to work with.
Hazard was with Chelsea for seven seasons. During that tenure, he managed to win the Premier League and Europa League twice, and the FA Cup. He was also named Chelsea’s Player of the Year on four occasions.