English Premiership

Chelsea complete Hazard deal

2012-06-04 19:42
Eden Hazard (File)

London - European champions Chelsea completed the signing of highly-rated Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard from French club Lille on Monday.

Hazard's move to Stamford Bridge had been expected since last week when he tweeted that he would be joining the Champions League winners and the transfer has now been finalised after the 21-year-old passed medical.

"Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce we have agreed terms with Lille for the transfer of Eden Hazard," a statement on the club's website confirmed.

"The 21-year-old Belgian international has agreed personal terms with the club and today passed a medical examination. He will join the club in July when the players return for pre-season training.

The Blues have beaten Premier League rivals Manchester City and Manchester United for the signature of a player regarded as one of Europe's brightest young stars.

Reports suggest Chelsea have paid 32 million to sign Hazard, which would make him the second most expensive player in Chelsea's history behind £50m striker Fernando Torres.

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