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Roberto Martinez hails Real Madrid's signing of Eden Hazard as 'special'

Eden Hazard completed a deal worth up to £130 million last week Credit: PA

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez believes Eden Hazard is the "perfect fit" for Real Madrid.

The midfielder has joined the Spanish giants from Chelsea for a package that could reportedly end up as much as £130million.

He said: "He's in the best moment of his career, at the age of 28, winning titles in different leagues.

"He can build a new project wherever that is as he's one of the special signings of the summer.

"For Real Madrid, he's a phenomenal footballer to get. There couldn't be too many new chapters to his career so probably the only place he could go and win titles (is Madrid).

"I think it is the perfect fit. He's a player who's gone through clubs and can be treated as a hero. We're all looking forward to how that new chapter at Real Madrid starts."


Chelsea's Hazard gets 'bored' in training says Sarri

Eden Hazard is so talented he often ends up "bored" in Chelsea training, according to Maurizio Sarri. Credit: PA

Eden Hazard is so talented he often ends up "bored" in Chelsea training, according to Maurizio Sarri.

Hazard is hunting a fairy tale Chelsea farewell when the Blues face Arsenal in Wednesday's Europa League final in Baku.

The Belgium talisman fired home the winning penalty in the semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt with his last act at Stamford Bridge.

And now the 28-year-old wants to sign off in style by swiping European silverware before completing his expected £100million summer transfer to Real Madrid.

"It's a pleasure during the match; sometimes during the week it's a problem but during the match it's a pleasure of course," said Sarri, when asked to detail the experience of coaching Hazard.

"It's a problem during the week because he's a talent and during training sometimes he's bored, because for him everything is really very easy. Eden is one of the most important players in Europe, the world.

"He can improve. He has to try to become the best in Europe. He can become the best player in Europe - and the world - I think."

Hazard: 'Chelsea know where my future will be'

Hazard has repeatedly insisted his Chelsea future is up in the air. Credit: PA

Eden Hazard has told Chelsea he has made his mind up over his future.

The forward is yet to publicly announced if he will stay at Stamford Bridge after constant links to Real Madrid.

Hazard has just a year left on his contract having joined from Lille for £32million in 2012.

Press Association Sport understands Chelsea are holding out for £100million if they are forced to sell him.

And after a substitute outing in Sunday's 0-0 draw at Leicester the Belgium international revealed he has made the club aware of his decision.

"Yes. A couple of weeks ago. Yes I have made my decision but it is not just about me," said Hazard.

"I have made my decision, that's it."

When asked if his future will become clear after the Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29 he added: "I think so. We have a final to play and then I will see."

The 28-year-old also admitted he wanted his future resolved earlier to avoid it being the season-long saga it has become.

"Yes, I wanted that but that's not happened. I'm still waiting like you are waiting and like the fans are waiting," he said.

"When you are on the pitch, you try to be focused on the pitch with the ball. That's it. When I am on the pitch I just try to do the best.

"I am not thinking about this and this, my situation or the club's situation. I just try to win games."

Hazard played the final 22 minutes at the King Power Stadium as Chelsea finished third in the Premier League - 26 points behind champions Manchester City.


Sarri makes Hazard playing time admission in Chelsea win

Hazard came on for Chelsea just before the hour mark with the scores locked at 0-0. Credit: AP

Maurizio Sarri admitted he was forced to throw Eden Hazard into action in a bid to rescue the Europa League quarter-final first leg at Slavia Prague.

Chelsea head coach Sarri concedes he did not want to use Hazard at the Sinobo Stadium, but the Blues' lacklustre showing forced his hand in the second-half.

Marcos Alonso's late header saved Chelsea's night, with the Blues now expected to complete the job in next week's second leg and reach the semi-finals.

Sarri's men face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday in a key battle in their bid for a top-four Premier League finish, with Hazard doubtless now not as fresh as originally planned.

Asked if he had always planned to bring Hazard off the bench, Sarri replied: "No, at the beginning of the match I wanted him on the bench because I thought that, probably, the match was really very difficult.

"Probably I'd need to use him. Of course, if at the end of the first half we were 1-0, I wouldn't have used him."

Chelsea failed to gel in a side showing seven changes from Monday's 2-0 league win over West Ham.

Sarri warned his players to expect a testing second leg, despite the Blues being clear favourites to progress.

"We need to think that the second leg will be difficult because these opponents are really very dangerous also away. Like in the round against Genk.

"And so we need to be careful. It's very difficult to face them. Really very difficult.

"I'm really happy with the result. Also with the performance because, in this moment, we are able to suffer. In the past we were not able to suffer in the difficult moments of the match."

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