Hazard: Leaving Chelsea is the biggest and toughest decision in my career Featured

08 Jun 2019
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Real Madrid have signed Hazard on a five-year deal for a fee that could rise to €140 million, after long period of transfer saga.

Hazard has long been linked to Real Madrid, and his dream of joining the club came to reality on Friday.

He admits leaving Chelsea was the toughest decision of his career, insisting Real Madrid were the only club he would join.

"To my Chelsea friends and family, you now know that I will be joining Real Madrid," Hazard wrote on Facebook.

"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 six 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. Leaving Chelsea is the biggest and toughest decision in my career to date.

"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.

"I was only 21 when I joined, so I have grown up as a man and a player with all of you, you have helped me become captain of the Belgium national team after all. There have of course been tough times, for the team as a whole and for me personally, this is professional football.

"However, football to me is about having a ball at my feet, playing games and enjoying every moment, we are lucky to play the beautiful game and this is always my advice to those who ask for a coaching tip! Play football and have fun!

"Even when we were not playing well, I tried to do my best and this has been thanks to your amazing support. That fighting spirit, desire and the refusal to ever give up is part of the culture here at Chelsea and it comes directly from you."

Hazard is the fourth player to join Real Madrid this summer, with Eder Militao, Luka Jovic and Rodrygo joining the club as Zidane plans to rebuild his squad.

By Ayodele Emaye

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