Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard presented to packed Bernabeu after completing £89m transfer from Chelsea

Hazard: ‘Since I was a young child it was my dream to play for this club’

Thursday 13 June 2019 19:18
Eden Hazard joins Real Madrid following £150million transfer from Chelsea

Real Madrid presented Eden Hazard to a packed Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday night after the Belgian completed his £89m transfer from Chelsea.

Hazard managed not to embarrass himself with some tricks on the pitch, unlike some signings before him, before kicking a few balls into the crowd and scoring a penalty into an empty goal.

Speaking in the bowels of the stadium before taking to the pitch, he thanked president Florentino Perez, his family and the Real Madrid fans.

After saying hello in Spanish, Hazard said: ”I’m going to speak in French as I still need to improve in Spanish.

“Thanks to the president, my friends and family. I look forward to pulling on this shirt. Since I was a young child it was my dream to play for this club. I just want to enjoy my time with this club.”

Eden Hazard shows off his skills at the Santiago Bernabeu

Earlier Perez had stressed the importance of carrying on the traditions set by Santiago Bernabeu himself to accrue the best players in the world.

“We are Real Madrid. We want more titles, more success, and always win,” he said. “I want to welcome Eden Hazard. The fans will be behind you in every game. The fans know that you are unique, that your brand of football is special.”

Hazard was asked if he was a ‘galactico’ and replied: “No. Maybe one day I will be considered a galactico but right now I have just joined Real Madrid.

“I don’t think there’s one star at Real Madrid. It’s a team of star players. I was at Chelsea for seven years, now I am the new boy.”

Asked if he will take penalties, like he did at Chelsea, he replied: ”I think the captain [Luka Modric] takes a really good penalty, and I don’t think he’ll ask me to take them. I think he’ll keep taking penalties and he’ll keep scoring, no doubt.”

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