MADRID: Real Madrid have confirmed formally their capture of Belgiumg star Eden Hazard from Chelsea on a five-year deal.
The 28-year-old will be officially unveiled on Thursday, June 13, once he has undergone his medical.
Madrid are understood to have struck a basic £88m deal with Chelsea that could rise to a club-record transfer of £130m once all bonus payments come into play.
Announcing his five-year contract, the club said: “Real Madrid CF and Chelsea FC have agreed to the transfer of the player Eden Hazard. He will be presented as a new player of Real Madrid on Thursday June 13 at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, after passing the relevant medical examination.”
Hazard becomes Madrid’s second major signing after Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic in a summer of rebuilding in Zinedine Zidane’s second stint as manager.
Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012, and went on to win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup, and two Europa League crowns.
Chelsea moved to pay tribute to Hazard on confirming his departure, with his Blues career ending on 352 appearances and 110 goals.
Executive director Marina Granovskaia said: “Although it is with sadness we say goodbye to Eden – and we made it absolutely clear to him the club wished him to stay – we respect the decision he has made to take on a new challenge in a different country and follow his childhood dream of playing for Real Madrid.
“The memories he leaves us with will not fade. He provided all who watched Chelsea play with great entertainment and many match-winning contributions, and for that we thank Eden enormously.
“He has been a model professional throughout his time at the club, a wonderful individual to have around and a joy to work with. We look forward to welcoming him back to Stamford Bridge in the future.”
World record transfers:
Kylian Mbappe (front, left), Neymar and Edinson Cavani (right) celebrate PSG’s goal against Liverpool
Kylian Mbappe (front, left) and Neymar of PSG
Neymar, Barcelona to Paris St Germain, 2017, £200.6million
Eden Hazard, Chelsea to Real Madrid, 2019, £130m
Kylian Mbappe, Monaco to Paris St Germain, 2017, £128m
Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool to Barcelona, 2018, £106.4m
Ousmane Dembele, Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona, 2017, £96.8m
Paul Pogba, Juventus to Manchester United, 2016, £89m
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid to Juventus, 2018, £88.7m
Gareth Bale, Tottenham to Real Madrid, 2013, £85.3m
Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United to Real Madrid, 2009, £80m
Gonzalo Higuain, Napoli to Juventus, 2016, £75.3m