Chelsea To Remove 'Garden Of Eden' Banner After Hazard's Transfer To Real Madrid
Following the announcement of Eden Hazard's transfer to Real Madrid last night, it has been reported that Chelsea will remove a banner dedicated to the Belgian from Stamford Bridge.
A banner reading 'Garden of Eden' alongside photos of the winger as well as the Belgian flag had been hanging in the Shed End.
The Belgian signed a five year deal with the Spanish giants last night, with his transfer fee being reported as up to £130 million.
All the banners and pictures of Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge have been completely removed. #CFC pic.twitter.com/87hwek1zxL
- The Blues (@TheBlues___) June 8, 2019
The 28-year-old posted an emotional goodbye to Chelsea last night after spending 7 years with The Blues.
Hazard's boasted an extraordinary record during his time in London, winning three Premier League titles and winning PFA Player Of The Year in 2015.
Despite the accolades, Hazard's banner will still be removed from Stamford Bridge in the 2019/2020 season.
Organising group We Are The Shed explained the situation to Football.London, stating,
"We remove all players banners who are currently playing for other teams and bring them out if they come back.
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BREAKING: Eden Hazard is on his way to Real Madrid. :white_circle:https://t.co/eVKCX1lYsQ pic.twitter.com/vXqPdyBJdV
- SPORTbible (@sportbible) June 6, 2019
Despite the removal, the group remain confident that a Hazard banner will return when the Belgian retires.
"It is completely out of respect to the current players at the club and it is likely Eden will get a new one once he retires."
A similar situation occurred when club legend Didier Drogba left the club, but he now has a new banner in Stamford Bridge.
Banners of Eden Hazard will be no more at Stamford Bridge.- Absolute Chelsea (@AbsoluteChelsea) June 8, 2019
Club have removed every single one around the ground, and they won't be visible until he retires or returns to the club. #CFC :large_blue_circle: pic.twitter.com/luYx3sP5YC
Hazard will be formally introduced as a Real Madrid player on Thursday after completing a medical.
His final game for The Blues saw him score two goals and lift the Europa League following a 4-1 victory over Arsenal.
Hazard will reportedly take the number 7 shirt formerly worn by Cristiano Ronaldo, with the club unable to give him the number 10 shirt occupied by current Ballon d'Or holder Luka Modric.