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Hazard: “It’s time for a new challenge”

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The Belgian winger confirms he wants to leave Chelsea.

Chelsea v Arsenal - UEFA Europa League Final Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard talked to the press after conquering the UEFA Europa League title against Arsenal this Wednesday and revealed that he wants to leave the club this summer.

“I think this is farewell, it’s time for a new challenge,” said Hazard, whose signing for Real Madrid appears imminent. “We will make our decision in a few days. My only goal was to win the Final. I made my decision and now I’m waiting for both clubs. My dream was to play in the Premier League and I did it for one of the biggest clubs there, so perhaps it’s time for this new challenge,” he continued.

Hazard score two goals and delivered one assist in the Final against Arsenal. His contract with Chelsea expires in 2020 and it’s now clear that he won’t sign an extension, so the London-based club will be forced to sell him unless they want to see him leaving as a free agent in just 12 months.

Real Madrid are expected to spend €100 million on his signing, although they could somehow try to make it cheaper by finding a way to include midfielder Mateo Kovacic in the deal.