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Report: Real Madrid still owe Chelsea €6 million for Eden Hazard’s transfer

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As per a recent update from English newspaper Daily Telegraph, Real Madrid still owe Chelsea a sum of £5 million (€6 million) for the acquisition of Eden Hazard.

Eden Hazard’s stint at Real Madrid is widely regarded as one of the club’s most regrettable signings in its history. The transaction took place in 2019, with Real Madrid shelling out £130 million upfront and an additional £40 million tied to his performance and other factors. 

Despite Hazard’s departure last summer with a year remaining on his contract, financial obligations related to his tenure persist.

Why does Madrid owe Chelsea more money?

Interestingly, the agreement reached between the parties allowed Real Madrid to conclude Hazard’s tenure at Santiago Bernabeu prematurely, sparing them another year of contractual obligations. 

However, this arrangement does not absolve Real Madrid from their financial commitments, as outlined in their deal with Chelsea. 

Eden Hazard played just 76 games for Real Madrid. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Chelsea, on the other hand, stand to gain €6 million due to a clause triggered by Real Madrid’s qualification for the Champions League final at Wembley this season.

This monetary bonus was stipulated in the original contract, contingent upon Real Madrid’s advancement to the final stages of the prestigious European competition. Despite Hazard’s absence from the current squad, Real Madrid are obligated to fulfil this payment. 

It must be noted that Hazard’s tenure at Real Madrid was marred by injuries, resulting in limited playing time.

Over the course of four seasons, he managed to participate in only 76 matches across all competitions while scoring just seven goals, four of which were scored in La Liga.

In summary, Real Madrid’s financial obligations stemming from Hazard’s transfer remain unsettled, with the club still owing Chelsea a significant sum. 

Despite Hazard’s early departure and the subsequent termination of his contract, contractual clauses necessitate continued payments, underscoring the complexities and enduring consequences of high-profile football transfers.

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Toni Kroos opens up on retirement decision – ‘I am sad at the moment’

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Real Madrid have the opportunity to make this a historic season by lifting their 15th UEFA Champions League title.

But even in the event Madrid gets their hands on the trophy, the conclusion of the season will leave a bittersweet feeling as Toni Kroos is set to depart the club.

The German midfielder was urged to continue plying his trade in the Spanish Capital for another season since his timeless quality is yet to fade away, but Kroos remained firm on his decision.

Kroos opens up about retirement

Now, reflecting on his imminent departure from the club he has played 464 games with, Kroos has opened up about how the decision came about and his thought process.

“I am sad at the moment. Something that defined me, that gave so much fun and gave me so many positive memories is coming to an end,” Kroos professed on his podcast.

Kroos plays his final home game for Real Madrid tomorrow. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

However, he claims there is a slight silver lining about the news becoming public, as there is no more pressure on him to constantly answer questions about his future and focus solely on finishing his career in the best way possible.

“I am happy that the news is out. It is a relief because a lot of people were speculating and I didn’t feel like answering questions about my future all the time,” Kroos claimed.

The veteran midfielder adds that retiring was never a clear-cut decision as his emotions fluctuated frequently.

“Retiring was never a 100-0 decision. The feelings swing in other directions, in the days at the end it was maybe a 80-20 or 70-30 decision. And that 30% is what makes you feel something,” he said.

Furthermore, Kroos reveals that he shared the news of his retirement to Ancelotti first and foremost, then relayed his decision to his teammates.

“I told Carlo [Ancelotti] first that I’m retiring. Then the club, then Luka [Modric], Fede [Valverde], Lucas [Vazquez]…” he exclaimed.

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