Madrid are understood to have struck a deal with Chelsea that could rise to £130million once all bonus payments come into play. The 28-year-old will be officially unveiled on Thursday, June 13, after he has undergone his medical.
As reported by Telegraph Sport on Thursday, negotiations between the clubs had been taking place all week. Real had been reluctant to pay more than £88m for the Belgian, but eventually agreed to a deal that is set to earn Chelsea as much as £130m once all the bonuses have been met.
It is understood the bonuses are easily achievable and Chelsea are extremely confident they will receive the full £130m for the forward, who only had one year left on his contract.
“Real Madrid CF and Chelsea FC have agreed to the transfer of the player Eden Hazard,” read Madrid’s statement.
— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) June 7, 2019
Shortly after the move was confirmed, Hazard took to social media to post a heartfelt 700-word goodbye to Chelsea supporters and explaining leaving the club had been the “biggest and toughest decision in my career to date.”
“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.
“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.”