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Pep Guardiola: Real Madrid will have fun with “amazing” Eden Hazard

By Steve Jennings

Published: 15:36, 13 June 2019

Pep Guardiola has said Real Madrid will have “a lot of fun” watching new signing Eden Hazard following his arrival from Chelsea.

The Manchester City manager spent four years in charge of Real’s fierce rivals Barcelona but couldn’t deny Hazard’s quality when asked about the Belgian.

Five key things to know about Real Madrid’s summer transfer business so far…

  1. Real Madrid have spent almost £300m on overhauling Zinedine Zidane’s squad so far this summer.
  2. In March a £42.7m deal was struck with Porto for centre-back Eder Militao.
  3. Serbian striker Luka Jovic then arrived from Frankfurt for a reported £53m.
  4. It is claimed Hazard’s fee could rise to as much as £150m including add-ons.
  5. Madrid also signed left-back Ferland Mendy from Lyon for around £47.1m this week.

Hazard bowed out at Chelsea with his best ever goalscoring season, finding the net 21 times across all competitions including two strikes in the Europa League final.

Not only did Hazard win the Premier League’s Playmaker Award courtesy of his 15 assists; he actually set up more goals than any player across Europe’s top five leagues.

Guardiola, who has come up against Hazard a number of times over the last three Premier League campaigns, admits the 28-year-old is among the best players around.

“The player they’ve signed from Chelsea is a very, very, very good player,” the former Barcelona boss told reporters.

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“It’s an amazing signing. He’s one of the best players I’ve seen. They’re going to have a lot of fun watching him.”

Hazard is expected to pass a medical at the Bernabeu on Thursday before being officially unveiled as Real Madrid player.

The La Liga giants have also been linked with Premier League duo Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen, while Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele is also said to be a target.