Thibaut Courtois has taken to social media to welcome former Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Hazard joins Real
Following weeks of mounting speculation, Zinedine Zidane’s Real finally clinched the signing of Chelsea star man Hazard last night.
The Belgian makes the move to the Bernabeu for an initial fee of £89 million, plus a hefty potential £60 million worth of bonuses, despite Hazard having had just a year remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge.
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) June 7, 2019
Taking to Facebook on the back of confirmation of his ‘dream’ transfer being made official, Hazard posted the following message to Chelsea’s fans:
‘Leaving Chelsea is the biggest and toughest decision in my career to date.’
‘I hope you understand I had to pursue my next chapter, just as each and every one of you should when you have the chance to pursue your dreams.’
‘Now it’s in the open I would like to put on record one thing was always clear to me, I have loved every moment at Chelsea and not once did I ever consider, nor would I have left for any other club.’
Hazard departs London having racked up 110 goals and 92 assists across 352 Chelsea appearances, with the Belgian having bowed out in style with a brace in the Blues’ Europa League final victory over Arsenal last week.
And one of the 28-year-old’s long-time teammates at Stamford Bridge, Thibaut Courtois, who Hazard is now set to reunite with in Madrid, has since taken to Twitter to welcome his fellow countryman to the club he labels ‘the best in the world’:
— Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) June 7, 2019
Real Madrid, meanwhile, have since re-posted Courtois’ photo on their own Twitter page:
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) June 8, 2019