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“I think it is a goodbye” – Eden Hazard delivers update on Chelsea future

By Harry Edwards

Published: 22:13, 29 May 2019

Belgian forward Eden Hazard has suggested he is set to leave Chelsea this summer, amid links to Real Madrid.

Hazard’s future has long been speculated with Los Blancos highly interested in his signature and the forward never hiding his desire to move to Madrid and play under Zinedine Zidane.

The Belgian scored twice and recorded one assist in the 2019 Europa League final, helping Chelsea beat London rivals Arsenal 4-1.

And speaking after the game, Hazard admitted he has made a decision on his future, with his performance in Baku equating to a farewell to Chelsea fans.

“I don’t know yet, we will decide in a few days,” he told BT Sport.

“I’ve made my decision already. It’s depending on both clubs. We will know in a couple of days.

“I think it is a goodbye, but in football you never know. My dream was to play in the Premier League and I’ve done that for seven lovely years.

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“Maybe it is time for a new challenge.”

Hazard joined Chelsea in 2012 shortly after the club won the Champions League and has grown into a key player for the Blues on their quest for silverware.

The Belgian would leave Chelsea with six trophies, winning the Premier League twice, one FA Cup, one League Cup and the Europa League twice.

If Hazard’s destination is Real Madrid, as is widely expected, the Belgian will be joining a team in need of a makeover after a poor season in which two managers failed to replace Zidane before the Frenchman eventually returned to the Bernabeu.