Real Madrid signs Eden Hazard from Chelsea

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid has signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea in its second major offseason addition.

The 28-year-old forward joined Madrid on a five-year contract on Friday. The transfer fee had been reported to be around 100 million euros ($113 million).

Hazard had already indicated his final game for Chelsea was last week’s Europa League final victory over Arsenal. With two goals in his 352nd appearance for the club, Hazard finished with a total of 110.

“Although it is with sadness we say goodbye to Eden and we made it absolutely clear to him the club wished him to stay,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said, “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.”

Since joining Chelsea in 2012, Hazard has won both the Premier League and Europa League twice, the FA Cup and the League Cup. The Belgium international had tried to leave Chelsea a year ago.

“The memories he leaves us with will not fade,” Granovskaia said. “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.”

Madrid is rebuilding after finishing third in the Spanish league, signing forward Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt earlier this week.

Source: FOX Sport

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