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Hazard to inherit Ronaldo’s no.7 shirt at Real Madrid

Hazard to inherit Ronaldo’s no.7 shirt at Real Madrid

Last year, Hazard wanted to leave the English club for the Real Madrid, but he was told that he would not be sold.

Florentino Perez will be banking on the fact that Hazard will be entering the previous year of his contract, which potentially puts the Belgian star in the driving seat come any negotiations. I know his ability. "Callum has known this club since he was young and he has the talents to one day try to be like Eden", he said.

Eden Hazard was instrumental in Chelsea's four-one win over Arsenal in the final of the UEFA Europa League.

The player claimed he made a decision about his future a while ago, but only revealed his departure is likely in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday's 4-1 Europa League final win over Arsenal.

Hazard is expected to become new Real Madrid player in the coming days, after months of rumours.

At the same time, they also know first hand how hard it is to negotiate with the Europa League winners and especially with their director, Marina Granovskaia.

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"I think it's a goodbye".

The fact Hazard leaves with so much warmth from all connected to Chelsea speaks volumes about a player and person that defender David Luiz knows better than most.

It is common knowledge now that Eden Hazard will sign for Real Madrid as soon as the two clubs - Chelsea and Real Madrid agree on a price for the Belgian International. I think it's just a question of money.

"He wasn't playing for Chelsea but despite that they said the price was 35 million, which at the time was a lot of money - now it's peanuts". We tried many times to reduce that amount and waited until the last minute, but finally we paid that.

"I still have the physical strength to play for the club". 'I want to go on holiday for a few weeks and then I'll come back and see what options there are for me, ' he added.