Inside story of Eden Hazard’s £130 million transfer to Real Madrid
With his name etched amongst the greatest players to pull on the Chelsea shirt, Eden Hazard will be unveiled as a Real Madrid player at the Santiago Bernabeu this Thursday.
It was confirmed on Friday night that the Belgian has agreed a five-year contract, subject to a medical, in a deal which could surpass £130 million.
Hazard spent seven years at Chelsea after joining from Lille in 2012, he went on to score 110 goals in 352 games and bowed out with a brace in the Blues’ Europa League final victory over Arsenal .
There was no doubting his desire to play for Real Madrid, something which he previously described as a childhood dream, but how did the Spanish giants successfully capture Chelsea’s magician?
According to MARCA, Madrid began their strategic approach back in 2017 with head of international football, Juni Calafat and right hand man, Jose Angel Sanchez leading the negotiations.
The latter devised a plan involving three years worth of conversations which MARCA described as ‘informal, legal but with intention,’ while Zinedine Zidane played his part – himself a huge admirer of Hazard’s talents since the Lille days.