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Chelsea pay tribute to Hazard

8 Jun 2019
Eden Hazard, Chelsea

Blues celebrate the Stamford Bridge career of Belgian playmaker as a deal is agreed for his transfer to Real Madrid

Chelsea have paid tribute to Eden Hazard after agreeing a deal with Real Madrid for the transfer of the playmaker to Spain.

The move, subject to Hazard completing a medical and signing his contract with Real, brings to an end a glittering seven-season spell at Stamford Bridge.

The 28-year-old Belgium international signed from French Ligue 1 club Lille in 2012 and helped Chelsea win the 2014/15 and 2016/17 Premier League titles, claiming the EA SPORTS Player of the Season award in that first triumphant campaign.

"The memories he leaves us with will not fade," Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia told the club's official website. "He provided all who watched Chelsea play with great entertainment and many match-winning contributions, and for that we thank Eden enormously.

"He has been a model professional throughout his time at the club, a wonderful individual to have around and a joy to work with. We look forward to welcoming him back to Stamford Bridge in the future."

Hazard's pace and dribbling ability made him one of the most exciting players in the Premier League and his vision helped him add 54 assists to the 85 goals he scored in 245 appearances for the Blues.

Last season the two-time Player of the Month award winner helped Chelsea finish third in the Premier League by scoring 16 goals and producing a peerless 15 assists, which earned him the Playmaker of the Season award.

In his last game for Chelsea, Hazard scored twice against Arsenal as the west Londoners won their second UEFA Europa League final in six seasons.

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