Chelsea is about to lose their best player, as Eden Hazard will be officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player after the Blue play their Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29, according to L’Equipe report.
L’Equipe reports that an agreement for the 28-year-old was done weeks ago, but will only be made public once the Blues’ season officially ends.
The Belgian also fuelled speculation suggesting he would link up with Real manager Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu by refusing to commit his future to Chelsea.
Hazard has been the brightest spark in an uneven season for Chelsea, where fans have often expressed displeasure at manager Maurizio Sarri’s selections and football style.
Hazard has only a year left on his Stamford Bridge contract and has not shown any inclination to sign a new deal with the club. As a result Chelsea are set to cash in on the Belgian despite his importance to the team and their imminent two-window transfer ban for breaking rules over the signing of under-18 players.
After Chelsea’s 0-0 draw at Leicester City on Sunday, Hazard revealed he had informed the club of his desire to leave for Real this summer. He said: ‘I have made my decision but it is not just about me. I told the club a couple of weeks ago. I wanted it to be cleared up earlier but that’s not happened. I’m still waiting, like the fans are waiting.’
Hazard who was Chelsea’s best player of the season, scored 16 goals in 37 Premier League appearances and also provided 15 assists last season.
Chelsea signed Chritisan Pulisic in January for £58m as a replacement for Hazard and the club must deal with the exit of the Belgian during a two-window transfer ban issued by FIFA.
Hazard joined the Blues in 2012 and won two league titles, one Europa League, one FA Cup and one League Cup during his seven years with the club.