Wednesday, 26 June, 2019

Hazard could be catalyst for new Real Madrid era - Martinez

Eden Hazard Chelsea FC revive interest in 21-year-old Bundesliga star – report
Cary Erickson | 13 June, 2019, 21:46

His contract at the Premier League club was due to expire next year but the Blues drove a hard bargain for the forward, who will reportedly cost Madrid an initial €100 million ($113 million), with another €45 million in potential add-ons.

According to Diario Gol, this does not sit well with a few Real Madrid stars - the most important of them being captain Sergio Ramos himself.

Before that Hazard will be hoping to lead his national team to victory in the Euro 2020 qualifiers as they welcome Scotland to the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on Tuesday night.

"For Real Madrid, he's a phenomenal footballer to get".

Ronaldo's departure created a void up front that Madrid failed to fill last season, the team struggling for goals en route to finishing 19 points behind Barcelona in La Liga and crashing out to Ajax in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Hazard left Chelsea after 352 appearances, during which he scored 110 goals and assisted a further 92 strikes.

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Perez was already in the capital to finalise Hazard's move and the Real chief now must decide whether to meet United's asking price for the Frenchman. So probably it was the only place that he could have gone and the place where he always had the dream of going."Martinez also called it a "perfect fit" and is looking forward to witnessing Hazard's new chapter at Real Madrid."I think it is the ideal fit".

Hazard's arrival also adds more uncertainty around the future of Gareth Bale, who has played both on the left and right of the attacking trio in recent months but is clearly not part of Zidane's plans.

"He's a player in the best moment of his career at the age of 28 and without a doubt, this is one of the special signings of this summer".

Portugal global Goncalo Guedes has reportedly emerged as top target for Premier League side Chelsea who want the winger as replacement for Eden Hazard.

The same article states that Bayer Leverkusen are looking to secure an £80m transfer fee for Bailey, which would make the 21-year-old the west London side's most expensive signing of all time.