Real Madrid‘s 2018/19 season is over in everything but name, they have secured Champions League football for next season but can’t win the title, they are already looking to next season and they believe they will have Eden Hazard as soon as the current campaign finishes.
Chelsea, however, still have a lot to play for with their space in the top four in the Premier League not yet confirmed, whilst they are also taking part in the Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday evening.
It’s for this reason that a matter that is virtually settled, the transfer of Hazard to Los Blancos, hasn’t yet been made official.
The London club do not wish to undermine Maurizio Sarri‘s efforts to qualify for the Champions League by announcing their best player is leaving for the Spanish capital, thus negotiations have been done away from the public eye.
If Chelsea don’t reach the final of the Europa League, then May 12 has been marked as the date when the signing can be announced.
That is the date for the final round of Premier League matches, although common sense would suggest that this may well be a little too early.
Usually, Los Merengues wait until the official close of their own domestic campaign before announcing signings, and this could well leave the Hazard announcement until after May 19.
Hazard is seen as the player to spark this Real Madrid team into life, especially with the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo having left a huge shortfall in terms of goals and chances.
Zinedine Zidane is desperate to coach the Belgian international, and the agreement between the two clubs remains on track.
One matter that has yet to be fully agreed is the fee Los Blancos will have to pay, and Chelsea are still hoping to receive 140 million euros, despite the fact the 28-year-old only has one year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.
Initially, Real Madrid were unwilling to pay such a huge fee for a player with so little left on a contract, but as the season has got worse and worse, Florentino Perez and co. have accepted that signing Hazard will see the club break their own transfer record.
Having first made the request that the Spanish giants sign Hazard in 2012, Zidane will now coach the player that Jose Mourinho didn’t want in Madrid, and he shall be the first piece of Los Blancos’ summer restructuring.
Source : marca.com