Chelsea finalise Hazard transfer
• Fee believed to be in the region of £32m agreed with Lille
• Hazard: ‘It’s a wonderful club and I can’t wait to get started’
Chelsea have agreed a fee with Lille for Eden Hazard. The Belgium international has also agreed personal terms and passed a medical and and wi ll complete his move for a fee believed to be in the region of £32m once pre-season training begins next month.
“Chelsea Football club is delighted to announce we have agreed terms with Lille for the transfer of Eden Hazard,” a club statement read. “The 21-year-old Belgian international has agreed personal terms with the club and today passed a medical examination. He will join the club in July when the players return for pre-season training.”
“I’m delighted to finally arrive here, it’s a wonderful club and I can’t wait to get started,” Hazard said after his medical.
As Chelsea were preparing to announce Hazard’s signing, the player was giving an interview to French radio station RMC, where he revealed his reasons for choosing to join them. The Blues reportedly won a bidding war for his services and are said to be paying him around £170,000 a week over a five-year contract. Manchester United and Manchester City had been favourites to land the Ligue 1 play er of the year, but Chelsea’s surprise Champions League triumph turned his head.
“When they won the Champions League I told myself, ‘Why not Chelsea?’ Hazard said, revealing he also felt he would get more game time at Stamford Bridge. “There was a struggle between Chelsea and United but, for me, Chelsea has the best project. “The team is young and I have a better chance to play there.”
Hazard, who openly flirted with several of Europe’s top clubs – including Real Madrid and Barcelona – added: “At 21, Real or Barça would have been more difficult for me. IIf I play well enough at Chelsea, I could win my place in the starting team.”
Hazard becomes the fourth Belgian to join the club, following the arrivals of Thibaut Courtois, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne and the second most expensive player in the club’s history behind Fernando Torres (£50m).
Hazard is Chelsea’s second signing of the summer following the capture of Marko Marin from Werder Bre men. The Brazil international Hulk has also been strongly linked with a £38m move from Porto. Read More