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Eden Hazard’s departure from Stamford Bridge was confirmed last week Friday as Chelsea and Real Madrid agreed a £88m fee for the Belgian, but the Blues could receive up to £130million for Hazard should he meet a number of performance related targets.
Hazard’s dream of playing for Real Madrid has now been fulfilled, and he will team up with former Chelsea goalkeeper and fellow Belgian Thibaut Courtois.
Courtois left Chelsea a year ago, but Chelsea fans weren’t happy with the way he left and has since been referring to him as a snake after leaving the club in a manner that made the fans unhappy.
Courtois is confident Hazard will be a huge success at Real Madrid, but he has urged his country and now club team-mate to start brushing up on his Spanish so that he can fit in.
Asked about Hazard’s move following Belgium’s 3-0 victory over Kazakhstan, Courtois replied: “If he speaks a little Spanish, it will be even better.
“It’s very nice that we’re going to be together. He’s my friend, I get along very well with him and his family.
“For Madrid it’s going to be fantastic. I think [Hazard] is going to make the difference and I hope we can win many titles next season.”
Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas spent nearly five years at Stamford Bridge with Hazard after he left Chelsea in January for French side Monaco. Fabregas also sent a farewell message to Hazard.
“Great moments on and off the pitch. It’s been a pleasure sharing all the good moments and specially the not so good ones that we overcame together over the last 5 years with the reward of winning it all. Enjoy your new challenge amigo!” Fabregas wrote on Twitter.