Footage of Real Madrid’s supporters calling for Kylian Mbappe to be signed during Eden Hazard’s official presentation has been garnering widespread attention online over the last 24 hours.
Hazard joins Real
Following weeks of mounting speculation, Zinedine Zidane’s Real finally clinched the signing of Chelsea star man Hazard last week.
The Belgian makes the move to the Bernabeu for an initial fee of £89 million, plus a hefty potential £60 million worth of bonuses (according to the BBC), 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 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.’
‘Queremos a Mbappé’
As such, just days after presenting Luka Jovic at the Bernabeu, and less than 48 hours after confirming the signature of Ferland Mendy from Lyon, Real yesterday officially unveiled Hazard as a Blancos’ player.
50,000 fans packed into the capital giants’ ground to catch their first glimpse of Hazard donning the white of Los Merengues, with the Belgian having quickly endeared himself to those in attendance:
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) June 13, 2019
Some sections of Real’s notoriously hard-to-please fanbase, however, could not help but shift the focus away from the unveiling of one of world football’s finest players, and towards other potential additions.
As showcased below, a chant of ‘Queremos a Mbappe’ (we want Mbappe) broke at the Bernabeu, as the Blancos’ faithful made it clear that the 300 million Euro+ that their side have already spent this summer won’t be enough to appease some:
El Bernabéu ha hablado. Queremos a Mbappé pic.twitter.com/BhfJYSxTk4
— Alex (@AIex_rm) June 13, 2019
MI AFICIÓN, FICHAMOS A HAZARD Y…
¡¡QUEREMOS A MBAPPE!! pic.twitter.com/sqLOSZyeBL
— NachoRM (@Nacho_RM_) June 13, 2019