Real Madrid agrees to sign Hazard

Eden Hazard should complete his long-awaited move to Real Madrid after the clubs announced an agreement on Friday night.

Sources told ESPN FC on Wednesday that had been accepted by Chelsea. an initial Madrid offer of 88,5 million pounds for Hazard whose contract with Real will remain in effect until 2024, with significant bonuses and bonuses that should be achieved and that could bring the total amount of payments to 130 million pounds.

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Hazard will undergo a medical examination Thursday before signing his contract and be presented to the Bernabeu.

In a statement posted by his social media Friday, Hazard insisted. he never thought of leaving Chelsea for a club other than Real Madrid and thanked his owner, Roman Abramovich, for agreeing to join the Spanish giants.

"You know now that I will join Real Madrid," he said. "It's no secret that I dreamed of playing for them since I was a kid, when I scored my first goal. I tried my best not to distract or distract the team during this difficult period of speculation and media attention, especially the last 6 months.

"Now that the clubs have come to an agreement, I hope you understand that I have to continue my next chapter, as every one of you should when you have the chance to pursue your dreams. Leaving Chelsea is the most important and difficult decision of my career to date. Now that everything is open, I would like to note that one thing has always been clear to me: I loved every moment spent at Chelsea and I never considered taking it, and I was gone for no other club .

"Chelsea and especially the Chelsea fans will always be special for me and next season I will be looking for your results first. I hope we will meet in the Champions League next season and every season so that we can see each other again.

"Before I go, one last thank you to all club members for their tremendous efforts as we lived every moment. To all my former colleagues, we'll say goodbye at the right time, but I want to thank the owner, Mr. Abramovich, and his council for helping me achieve not one but two dreams, my first to become a Chelsea player and today my second, become a Real Madrid player. "

Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane made Hazard's signature a priority as he reorganized his team after a disappointing season as Chelsea resigned himself to selling his star player before he entered the final year of his contract. .

Hazard will leave Chelsea after 110 goals and 81 352 assists appear in all competitions, including two Premier League titles out of six grand trophies won in seven seasons at Stamford Bridge.

He inspired Chelsea with an 4-1 win over Arsenal in the Europa League final. appearance, scoring twice and setti A goal for Pedro .

Sources told ESPN FC that Hazard had been in regular contact with Zidane for several months. Hazard and his family were looking for housing and school solutions in Madrid.

For many years, Madrid has been interested in the Belgian international and asked him to sign it last summer, but Marina Granovskaia, director of Chelsea, made it clear that it was not for sale.

The move from Hazard to Madrid sees him reunited with his former teammate Chelsea . ] Thibaut Courtois who left Stamford Bridge with a contract of 35 million pounds last summer.

Hazard is Madrid's third major signing in its attempt to rebuild its group after an embarrassing campaign on all fronts. trophyless, sacked two coaches and finished 19 points behind Barcelona, ​​champion of La Liga.

They have already recruited Brazilian defender Eder Militao in Porto for an estimated amount of 50 million euros and the Serbian striker Luka Jovic of Eintracht Frankfurt for the amount of 60 M € reported

Brazilian striker Rodrygo is also expected to join the club next season after accepting a transfer of 45 M € from Santos last year.

Reuters information has been used in this report.

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