Eden Hazard is set to join Real Madrid (Picture: Getty) Real Madrid will wait until after Chelsea’s Europa League final clash against Arsenal to announce the signing of Eden Hazard, according to reports in France.
The Belgian has one year remaining on his deal at Stamford Bridge and he confirmed on Sunday that he’d informed the club of his decision ‘weeks ago’.
While Hazard did not specify what his decision was, it’s believed he’s told Chelsea that he wants the chance to complete a dream move to Madrid to play under Zinedine Zidane.
Zidane wants Hazard in for the start of pre-season and Madrid wanted to announce the deal as soon as possible.
However, Chelsea play Premier League rivals Arsenal in the final in Baku in a fortnight and L’Equipe claim Real will do the Blues the courtesy of waiting until after the game to announce the signing.
A fee of €100m – roughly £86m – is said to have been agreed several weeks ago, while Hazard is set to become one of the club’s highest earners.
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. He was crowned PFA Player of the year in 2015 after an eye-catching season under Jose Mourinho.