Belgium star Eden Hazard is set to join Spanish giants Real Madrid after a deal was agreed with English side Chelsea.
There is no official confirmation of the fee but media reports suggest with bonus payments it could exceed €168 million.
Hazard, 28, has agreed on a five-year deal and will be presented as a Real Madrid player on June 13 after medical. However, before the announcement of the deal on Friday evening, his new No 7 shirt was already pictured hanging in the club’s official shop.
The belgian scored 110 goals in 352 appearances for Chelsea and helped the team become Europa League champions in his final match.
Hazard quoted on his Facebook page “It’s no secret that it was my dream to play for them [Real Madrid] since I was a young boy just scoring my first goal,”.
“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.”
In a tribute to the Eden Hazard, Chelsea director, Marina Granovskaia regards the departure of the belgian as one filled with “sadness” and wished him well in the next phase of his career at Real Madrid.
He recalled also how the youngster was a joy to watch whenever he played. “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. We look forward to welcoming him back to Stamford Bridge in the future.”