Monday, June 04, 2012


Chelsea have completed a deal to sign midfielder Eden Hazard from French club Lille. 

The Belgium international, 21, has agreed personal terms and passed a medical with the Blues.

The Belgium international announced his decision to move to Stamford Bridge last week, but the club only confirmed the deal on Monday, revealing in a statement on their website that he was 'delighted to finally arrive, it's a wonderful club and I can't wait to get started

Hazard has revealed the exciting 'Chelsea project' is what convinced him to snub a move to Manchester United in favour of the European champions.  

At the time of Chelsea's announcement, Hazard was giving an interview to French radio, during which he admitted he had been enticed by the opportunity to play as opposed to more the more competitive dressing room of United, Real Madrid or Barcelona.

"When they won the Champions League I told myself, 'Why not Chelsea?'," said Hazard.
"There was a struggle between Chelsea and [Manchester] United but, for me, Chelsea has the best project. It's a wonderful club." 

Hazard won the league and cup double with Lille in 2010-11 and, in his final season at the Ligue 1 club, he scored 21 goals in 48 games.

Hazard signed off by scoring a hat-trick in his final game against Nancy last month.

But he failed to lived up to his reputation when producing a quiet performance as Belgium's lost to England at Wembley on Saturday. His appearance took his tally to 28 caps.

He joins German international Marko Marin as a second major new addition to the Chelsea squad since the January transfer window.

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