Real Madrid will wait until after the Europa League final clash to announce the signing of Eden Hazard.
The Belgium international has one year remaining on his contract at Chelsea, and he confirmed on Sunday that he would inform the club of his decision ‘weeks ago’.
While Eden Hazard did not specify what his choice was, it’s understood he has told Chelsea that he wants the opportunity to complete a dream move to Real Madrid to play under Zinedine Zidane, who wants the Belgian in for the start of pre-season and Los Blancos wanted to announce the deal as soon as possible.
However, Chelsea face domestic rivals Arsenal in the final in Baku in a fortnight and L’Equipe claims Real Madrid will do the Blues the courtesy of waiting until after the match to announce the signing.
A fee of €100 million – roughly £86 million – is understood to have been agreed several weeks ago, while Eden Hazard is set to become one of the club’s highest earners.
Chelsea meanwhile signed Christian Pulisic in January for £58 million as a replacement for the Belgian superstar and the Stamford Bridge club must deal with the exit of the talisman during a two-window transfer ban issued by FIFA.
Eden Hazard joined the Blues back in 2012 and won two league titles, one Europa League, one FA Cup and one League Cup during his seven years at west London.
The 28-year-old was crowned PFA Player of the year back in 2015 after an eye-catching season under Jose Mourinho.