Real Madrid summer signing Eden Hazard, has opened up on his move to the Santiago Bernabeu, revealing his decision to leave Chelsea, was made 12 months before the move.
Hazard kept the blues on suspense, as he constantly stated his decision had been made but refused to disclose it to the Media.
The 28-year-old would eventually seal a £130 million summer move to Real Madrid, after winning the Europa League with Chelsea in his final season.
Every trail seemed to lead to Eden Hazard departing last summer, but it was a truth the Chelsea faithfuls wanted so badly to be a lie, as they hoped the talisman could stay longer.
Eden Hazard has however opened up on the truth, and apparently, the decision was made long before he sealed his exit from the Premier League.
“I’d already made my mind up after the World Cup and I said to myself: ‘I have to join Real Madrid now’,” Hazard told Real Madrid TV.
“That wasn’t possible and I spent another year at Chelsea and that made my departure easier. The club understood it and allowed me to leave.”
Hazard also admitted teammate Thibaut Courtois – whose move to Madrid had prompted series of rumors concerning the Belgian – was instrumental to his decision to join the Los Blancos.
“My dream was always to play for Real Madrid, the greatest team in the world, and so far I’m happy,” he said.
“Courtois always told me that this was the best club.
“I also spoke to [Luka] Modric and got the impression that they all wanted to see me at Real Madrid and it finally happened.”
Surely, Real Madrid are one of the best clubs in the world, but that also comes with it great expectations as Eden Hazard has now seen. The 28-year-old is yet to hit the ground running, only managing a single goal and two assists in all competitions.
Eden agrees it’s been a daunting task inheriting Cristiano Ronaldo’s No 7 shirt, as he also admitted the need to improve on his game at his new club.
The Los Blancos return to La Liga action on Wednesday, as they face bottom side Leganes, with Zidane looking to improve on his side’s sixth place of the League table.