Hazard: I’m not a Galactico yet
Jun 26, 2019 by Stewart Coggin
Eden Hazard has been presented as a Real Madrid player at the Bernabeu, claiming he was “not a Galactico, but I’ll try to be”.
The Belgium winger completed his long-awaited move from Chelsea for a fee that could exceed £50 million and will team up with coach Zinedine Zidane, his boyhood idol.
Hazard underwent a medical and then signed his five-year deal alongside Real president Florentino Perez.
Real Madrid have not spent as heavily in the transfer market in Perez’s second term in ‘The White House’ but Hazard ranks alongside great Galacticos of the past such as David Beckham, Luis Figo and Gareth Bale in terms of significance.
After donning the famous Real jersey, kicking balls into the crowd and kissing the badge, Hazard told a news conference: “I’m going to try to become the best player in the world, but first I wanted to be in the best team in the world.
“I’m not a Galactico, but I’ll try to be, for now I’m Eden Hazard.”
Hazard has not yet been given a shirt number and looks likely to miss out on the number 10, given that Luka Modric wears it.
“I’ve been lucky enough to talk to Modric through (Mateo) Kovacic, I jokingly asked him to leave me number 10 and he said no,” said Hazard. “The number for me is not important.”
Hazard has signed a five-year deal and Perez was delighted to welcome a genuine game-changer who has lit up the Premier League since moving from Lille in 2012.
He said: “Today is a tremendously happy day for Real Madrid. We have a wonderful footballer coming to form part of our team. He’s one of those unique players with the ability to bring passion and excitement to the game.
“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”.
Hazard has been joined by Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy who moved for £47 million earlier this week.
/Stewart Sports news editor