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Eden Hazard pictured holding Real Madrid shirt in Spain ahead of £115m summer transfer


Eden Hazard has been pictured for the first time holding a Real Madrid shirt ahead of his £115million summer transfer from Chelsea.

The Belgium international said “goodbye” to Chelsea fans after winning the Europa League against Arsenal and is expected to put pen to paper with Los Blancos within the next week.

Pictures, exclusively obtained by Mirror Sport and taken this Friday at midday, show Hazard on holiday in Marbella, Spain.

A source said Hazard signed the Real Madrid shirt, which was handed to him by a Barcelona-supporting waiter, who joked about the Belgian joining the Catalan giants instead.

Hazard, who is on holiday with his family, replied “No”, indicating his heart is set on a transfer to Real Madrid, before holding up the Los Blancos shirt and having his photograph taken with the man.

Eden Hazard has been pictured holding a Real Madrid shirt

The Belgian said “goodbye” to Chelsea fans after winning the Europa League

Hazard, 28, made clear his intentions to leave Chelsea when interviewed on BT Sport following the Europa League final in Baku on Wednesday.

“I think it’s a goodbye but in football you never know,” he told reporters.

“We will decide in a few days – the only target in my mind was to win this final. Maybe now it is the time for a new challenge.

“My dream was to play in the Premier League and I have done that for one of the biggest clubs.”

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was equally honest about the likelihood of the transfer, adding: “I know he wants to leave and I have to respect his decision.

“He is a wonderful player. It took two or three months for me to understand him as a man and now I do, he’s a wonderful man.

Hazard is currently on holiday in Marbella, Spain with his family

Hazard signed the Real Madrid shirt and was asked to join Barcelona

“He’s an extraordinary player. He is a strange boy but when he understands it is extraordinary.”

Hazard is set to become Real Madrid’s latest Galactico as Zinedine Zidane kick-starts a huge summer overhaul at the Bernabeu.

Once Hazard is through the door the club will turn its attention to the likes of Paul Pogba, Ferland Mendy and Luka Jovic.

Meanwhile at Chelsea, the Stamford Bridge club are looking to replace Hazard quickly by bringing in former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

As reported by Mirror Sport, the Barcelona midfielder is deemed surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp just 18 months after his £142million transfer.

Hazard won the Europa League against Arsenal

Hazard shakes hands with Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea have been banned from signing players during the next two transfer windows, until the end of January 2020.

The club insists they are innocent and are prepared to go as far as appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to get the decision overturned.

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