Real Madrid sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea for £88m

Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign forward Eden Hazard from Chelsea for a fee that could exceed £150m.

Chelsea have announced that they have agreed a fee with Real Madrid for the signing of Eden Hazard. The deal is believed to be worth £88million and that rise to £150m with add-ons.

Hazard has agreed a five-year contract and will be presented as a Real player on 13 June, subject to a medical.

The 28-year-old becomes Zinedine Zidane’s third major acquisition of the summer, following the deals for Eder Militao and Luka Jovic from Porto and Eintracht Frankfurt respectively.

Hazard had been linked with a move to Real Madrid for a number of months after rejecting the offer of a contract extension at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea have decided to cash in now rather than risk losing him on a free next summer.

There had been reports on Wednesday morning that there had been a breakdown in talks between the two clubs after Real Madrid chief executive Jose Angel Sanchez returned to the Spanish capital from London without securing a deal.

The Belgian scored 110 goals in 352 games for Chelsea after joining from Lille in 2012, and scored twice as they won the Europa League final last week.

“Leaving Chelsea is the biggest and toughest decision in my career to date,” said Hazard.

Writing on Facebook, he added: “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.”

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