Real Madrid announce Eden Hazard transfer

Eden Hazard lifts the 2016-17 Premier League trophy

Eden Hazard lifts the 2016-17 Premier League trophy

Thibaut Courtois is convinced Eden Hazard's arrival will be a difference maker for Real Madrid next season.

The Bernabeu keeper, never a favourite at Stamford Bridge, came under attack after taking to social media to tell Hazard he had joined "the best club in the world". The news has put an end to a transfer saga which has been going on since months. "I think it's a goodbye, but in football you never know".

Since joining the Blues in 2012, Hazard has scored 110 goals in 352 appearances.

His latest trail of class was quiet at display in the Europa League final against Arsenal.

"Leaving Chelsea is the biggest and toughest decision in my career to date", Hazard wrote on his official Facebook page.

The Belgium worldwide attacker won two Premier League titles and as many Europa League crowns during his time at Chelsea, where he played alongside Courtois before the star goalkeeper left for Madrid in 2018-19.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has paid tribute to the Belgian.

"The memories he leaves us with will not fade. I hope we can win many titles next season".

"He has been a model professional throughout his time at the club, a wonderful individual to have around and a joy to work with".

He may have left for Real Madrid but there is no ill-feeling towards Eden Hazard from Chelsea, who tweeted some of the Belgian's best off-field antics.

"It is my dream since I was a kid".

Zinedine Zidane is looking to oversee a huge overhaul at the Bernabeu in his second stint in charge and has already sanctioned over £250million on transfers in response to a below-par year in which the club ended 19 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, disappointed in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey and sacked two managers.