The long running transfer saga which is Eden Hazard has finally been endorsed by Chelsea and Real Madrid.
ESPN reported on Wednesday that Madrid offered £88.5 million for the Chelsea magician and that the deal offered would be until 2024.
With significant success on the pitch the figure could rise to £130 million.
Hazard will undergo a medical next week before signing his contract and being presented formally at the Bernabeu.
In a statement issued on his social media accounts on Friday, Hazard insisted he would never have considered leaving Chelsea for any club other than Real Madrid and thanked owner Roman Abramovich for granting his wish to join the Spanish giants.
He continued to say;
“You now know that I will be joining Real Madrid,”
“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.
“Chelsea and especially Chelsea fans will always be special to me and next season I will look for your results first.
I hope that we are drawn against each other in the Champions League next season and every season so we can meet again.
“Before I go, one last thank you to everyone at the Club for their tremendous effort as we lived through every moment. To all of my ex-Colleagues we will say our goodbyes at the right time but I must thank the owner Mr Abramovich and his board for helping me realise not one, but two dreams, my first in becoming a Chelsea player and today my second, becoming a player at Real Madrid.”
It is a shame to see Hazard go but it should be with the supporters blessing and good will.
He has been a good servant to Chelsea and few players can ignore the interest when Real Madrid come calling.
The problem for Chelsea is that during their transfer ban. Will the talent at their disposable be enough to sustain a title challenge.