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Eden Hazard has now completed the long-awaited big-money move from Chelsea to Real Madrid as the 28-year-old has signed a five-year contract with the Spanish giants.
The deal is believed to be worth £88m but could potentially rise to £130million due to add-ons.
Hazard is believed to have accepted a salary of £400k-a-week, double of the £200k-a-week wages he was taking at Chelsea, in a five-year deal to make him one of the best paid players at the Bernabeu.
Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez was worried that the frenzy over Hazard’s transfer could be a problem for his side, but was pleased at the end of the day that Hazard’s big-money transfer to Real Madrid did not prove a distraction as his side cruised to a 3-0 win over Kazakhstan on Saturday.
“The atmosphere was great in the stadium. I was a little afraid that the festivities around Eden Hazard would distract, but that was not the case,” he was quoted as saying by Le Soir.
“It’s fantastic for Eden … I hope he will keep the pleasure of playing and will continue to give pleasure to the fans.
“It’s great how it has not changed over time.”
Hazard made his 100th appearance for Belgium in the game against Kazakhstan. Although he did not score, he did set up the first goal for Dries Mertens while Timothy Castagne and Romelu Lukaku also netted in what was a straight-forward Euro 2020 qualifying victory in Brussels.