Eden Hazard Reveals When He Told Chelsea He Was Leaving For Real Madrid
This is the end, my beautiful friend. The end. It's either the Doors singing about an ex girlfriend or Eden Hazard's speech when leaving Chelsea because the Belgian has apparently already told the club he's leaving.
Eden Hazard's departure from Chelsea has been on the cards for a while and most people expected the Belgian forward to have left the Blues last summer, after they failed to qualify for the following season's Champions League.
Whether it was Zinedine Zidane's decision to leave Real Madrid last summer, Real's decision not to replace Cristiano Ronaldo or Chelsea's decision not to let more than one first team player move to the Bernabeu, Hazard's move didn't materialise.
This summer it's back on. Zidane's returned to lead Los Blancos, less than a year after quitting and with two managers in between him and him, and the former Lille forward's contract runs out in a year.
So once again it's been expected that he will leave for the Spanish capital come the end of the season and on Monday L'Equipe reported that both clubs and the player have all agreed terms, exciting times.
And just yesterday, on the final day of the Premier League season, Hazard dropped the hint that he'd told Chelsea weeks ago he's going to leave:
Eden Hazard: "I have made my decision. I wanted it (to be cleared up earlier), but that hasn't happened. I'm still waiting like you are waiting. I don't think (finishing in top 4) makes any difference. I've made my decision, that's it. I've told the club a few weeks ago." #cfc pic.twitter.com/w5zQUfjHeu- Kristof Terreur :newspaper::movie_camera: (@HLNinEngeland) May 12, 2019
The 28 year old loves leaving everyone guessing. Before he moved to Stamford Bridge in 2012 he'd been linked with all of Europe's top clubs.
Manchester City and Manchester United were willing to spend big money on him and finally he tweeted to let the world know:
I'm signing for the champion's league winner.- Eden Hazard (@hazardeden10) May 28, 2012
Hazard has had an incredible spell at Chelsea and it's no surprise that Real will splash a reported £100 million on him this summer.
He could still leave London as a Europa League winner with the Blues upcoming final against Arsenal at the end of the month.
It hurts to set you free, the Shed End would rightfully sing, but it really is time to say goodbye to Eden Hazard it seems.