Eden Hazard, the boy from Belgium is the core forward of Real Madrid after they presented him in front of a huge crowd at Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Following the €150 million transfer from Chelsea.
“I have dreamt of this moment since my childhood while playing in my family’s garden,” he adds, after passing the medical exam and signing a five-year contract with club president Florentino Perez.
“I became a Real Madrid supporter then. Later I went to France and England, but to arrive here now and wear this shirt is an honour. I can’t wait for the season to begin.” and further said, “think I am at the best moment of my career,” Hazard said. “I have had the dream of playing for Real Madrid for many years, but my career has gone through stages. Always thought that now was the moment to mark a turning point and come to the biggest club in the world.”
“Everyone knows that Zidane was my idol when I was very young and the fact that he is Madrid’s manager was an important factor,” he said.
After changing his grey suit and tie for Madrid’s shirt and shorts. Hazard kicked several Gold & White footballs to the spectators in the stands.
Madrid announced last week that it had acquired the 28-year-old playmaker from Chelsea for a reported fee of around 100 million euros ($113 million) plus add-ons. Making him the club’s most expensive signing ever.
Hazard also said that he always wanted to play for Zinedine Zidane.
Hazard’s association is with the responsibility of leading the 13-time European Cup winners. Due to the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer. Without Ronaldo, Zidane’s side failed to compete for any major title.
Madrid hopes that Hazard can provide the missing link between midfielder Luka Modric and striker Karim Benzema to put the goals on the board that deteriorated following the exit of Ronaldo.
Eden Hazard helped Chelsea win the Premier League and Europa League twice, the FA Cup and the English League Cup. At last year’s World Cup he led Belgium to a third-place finish.
Eden Hazard is the most expensive player Madrid has signed since Gareth Bale. He is the man they are now desperately trying to get rid of. He comes as part of a huge change, the fourth signing already. The total outlay is more than €300m with two and a half months left before the window closes. Hazard’s presentation was moved to 7 pm to allow time to get everyone in, three sides of this stadium filling up in the evening sunshine. When he appeared on the stage, there was a loud roar in the stands. A video played his goals and as he watched, they all cheered for him.
Anyway, by the third or fourth minute, they had stopped. It went on for seven long minutes. Eventually, he spoke. “Hello everyone,” he said in Spanish, before switching to French. His speech did not take long. He went down the pitch, via the dressing room, 50 or 60 balls lined up, half white, half gold. He went around picking them up and kicking them into the stands.
We just have to see whether this move by Real Madrid is going to pull them out of the ground or not?