Eden Hazard finally joined Real Madrid earlier this month to become the biggest transfer of the summer so far in a deal worth £150 million. A pair of weeks have happened since Madrid announced the Belgian player as their new player, but now some details surfaced about how the whole move went down and how Hazard managed himself to make his Madrid move a reality.
After seven seasons full of joy and titles in Chelsea, Hazard decided it was time to find new challenges and taking Madrid back to the headlines was the most appealing for him, even though he allegedly had more offers on the table.
According to his former Chelsea teammate Cesar Azpilicueta, Hazard actually turned down better offers from Premier League clubs in order to join Los Blancos. The Spaniard wing-back stated the former Lille player received more lucrative bids from English teams but dismissed all of them ‘out of respect’ for the Blues.
Talking to The Sun, Azpilicueta referred to Hazard’s departure saying: "Very sad. Amazing person, amazing player.
"He has been a very important part of our team. A very good friend of mine, very close. We arrived here seven years ago together from France and you know if that moment comes obviously I will be very sad."
He then added: "Honestly, the times that he had to cope with the rumors.
"He always showed his desire not to sign for an English team, even if he could have better contracts.
"He has never been a selfish person. He always had this dream to play for Real Madrid and we will see what happens. But I think he has been very honest until the last day."
Playing in Stamford Bridge since 2012, Hazard left with nothing else but good memories from his tenure in Chelsea, helping the side to conquer trophies both in England and abroad and becoming one of the best players in the continent. Now he’s ready to take on new challenges in Madrid, hoping to have a spell as successful as the one he had back in England.