NEWS | 20/06/2019 | Javier García | PHOTOGRAPHER: Helios de la Rubia/Antonio Villalba"We are welcoming one of the best players in the world, a unique and wonderful footballer", said Florentino Pérez.
“I’ve wanted to say these words for a long time: today we are welcoming one of the best footballers in the world. Eden, now you are where you wanted to be. Today one of your greatest dreams comes true. Here you will feel the emotion and the passion of all those who can't wait to enjoy your talent, creativity and hard work”.
“Our history has been written over the course of 117 years thanks to footballers with unique talents. Players of extraordinary quality just like the one we're presenting at the Santiago Bernabéu today. The legend must continue to progress with the best players in the world. We're Real Madrid and now we want more successes and new titles. That is also part of our identity: non-conformity, the quest for victory and resistance of defeat”.
“We always believe we can achieve the unachievable here because we have assembled a wonderful squad of players led by our beloved coach, Zinedine Zidane”.
“Dear Eden, here you will have a fanbase who will be by your side in every game and who have countless dreams resting on your shoulders because they know your football is so special and unique". We are well aware that Real Madrid was your greatest footballing desire and that desire has now begun to come true. You wanted to be here and your quality and hard work have paid off following these years in a club of the prestige and stature of Chelsea”.
Hazard: “Playing for Real Madrid has been my dream since I was a kid”
“Hi, everyone. Thank you very much, Mr. President. Thank you to my parents and all my family. I can't wait to start playing for Real Madrid and winning lots of titles. As the president said, my dream ever since I was a little boy, has been to play for Real Madrid. Now I'm here and I want to enjoy this moment. Thank you very much”.
Signing his contract
Prior to the presentation, Hazard finalised his new contract in the stadium's meeting rooms, accompanied by Florentino Pérez. Following the signing, the forward was presented with a watch, a replica of the Santiago Bernabéu and a shirt printed with his name.