Eden Hazard of LOSC Lille Metropole during the UEFA Champions League, group B match between FC Internazionale Milano and LOSC Lille Metropole. Hazard signed for Chelsea FC on June 4, 2012. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Lille and Belgium star Eden Hazard has departed Lille and signed with Champions League winners Chelsea.
Belgian international and Ligue 1 star Eden Hazard is on his way out of Lille, the club he led to an improbable Ligue 1 title in the 2010-11 season and a UEFA Champions League appearance. Hazard has been expected to join UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea for the last week, and he tweeted on Monday that he's joining the 'Champions League winners'. Chelsea declined to comment, but unless Hazard is playing tricks on the world and signing for a team on another continent or a past Champions League winner, he'll be signing with the Blues shortly.
Hazard has spent most of his career playing on the left wing, but he can play as a central attacking midfielder or on the right. He's likely to become a first choice player right away for Chelsea, and he will probably play on the left of Juan Mata, who will start next season as the first choice No. 10 after spending much of last season on the left wing.
In his four seasons as a regular contributor to Lille's first team, Hazard tallied 50 goals and 38 assists in all competitions in 188 games. He played four games in his first season with the club. This past season was Hazard's best, as he tallied 22 goals and 16 assists in all competitions. Hazard's transfer fee is rumored to be in the neighborhood of £35m, while his wages are rumored to be around £100k per week.
For more on Hazard and his new team, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History.