Chelsea football club forward Eden Hazard is the “most expensive 28-year old signing” in the history of football, thanks to a £150 million move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Naija News reports that the 28-year-old Belgian signed a five-year contract at the Bernabeu, subject to medical test.
Although Hazard’s transfer is estimated at €100 million, BBC, however, reports that the fee could rise to a club record of over £150million.
Hazard will be officially unveiled on Thursday, June 13 as Real Madrid player.
Confirming the development, Chelsea wrote on its official website: “Hazard leaves Chelsea as one of the great players in our history,” Chelsea official website said.
“The move is subject to the 28-year-old completing a medical and signing his contract with Real.
“He helped the team win the Premier League on two occasions, the Europa League twice and the FA Cup and League Cup once. He has been voted Chelsea Player of the Year on a record four occasions.
“A shining star throughout the many successes the team achieved, Hazard played 352 games for the club, the 23rd highest total in our history, and scored 110 goals, the ninth most.”
Chelsea director of football, 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.
“Chelsea Football Club wishes Eden well as we say a fond goodbye.”
Meanwhile, The Blues demanded £120 million for Hazard who still has a year left on his contract, but will settle for £88 million for the 28-year-old, which could rise to a club-record transfer of £130m once all bonus payments come into play.