Hazard ‘one of the special signings of the summer’ - Martinez

Carrie Guzman
June 13, 2019

The 28-year-old follows Eder Militao, Luka Jovic and Rodrygo Goes to the Spanish capital club, with Madrid also reportedly eyeing Lyon full-back Ferland Mendy, Manchester United star Paul Pogba and Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar.

Hertha Berlin want €20 million plus add-ons for Austrian global Lazaro while Real Madrid confirmed they were open to selling Vazquez when they met Inter in Madrid last week.

An unveiling at the Santiago Bernabeu is expected next week once Hazard returns from global duty with Belgium, who play Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kazakhstan on Saturday and Scotland on Tuesday.

But Hazard is the gem Zinedine Zidane can build his new team around and brings the kind of stardust Madrid fans have craved ever since the sale of Ronaldo to Juventus last summer.

Hazard, who scored 110 goals in 352 games for Chelsea after joining from Lille in 2012, will be officially presented at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium next Thursday. The focus was about winning and his performance was no different than what you've seen in the last three years.

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And Martinez believes Hazard and Madrid fit perfectly together as Belgium prepare for Tuesday's Euro 2020 qualifier against Scotland.

Hazard's arrival also adds more uncertainty around the future of Gareth Bale, who has played both on the left and right of the attacking trio in recent months but is clearly not part of Zidane's plans.

The Belgium worldwide attacker won two Premier League titles and as many Europa League crowns during his time at Chelsea, where he played alongside Courtois before the star goalkeeper left for Madrid in 2018-19.

And despite their current transfer ban for two years, Chelsea are said to have made €70m offer for Valencia star Goncalo Guedes.

The Belgian was ranked third in Europe's top five leagues for dribbles last season, only behind Sofiane Boufal of Celta Vigo and Nice's Allan Saint-Maximin.

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