Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Media accused of pro-protester bias in Ferguson

Read more

DEBATE

The Murderous Lure of Jihad: Tackiling ISIS and its Worldwide Recruitment (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

The Murderous Lure of Jihad: Tackiling ISIS and its Worldwide Recruitment

Read more

FOCUS

Republicans block Obama's bid to hike minimum wage

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users divided over Darren Wilson

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users take on 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to fight ALS

Read more

ENCORE!

From Paris's Liberation to 'arresting' art in Avignon

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Ferguson riots: Pressure mounts on Obama

Read more

  • US says Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

    Read more

  • Malaysia mourns as remains of MH17 victims arrive home

    Read more

  • Reporter’s IS captors taunted family, asked for €100m ransom

    Read more

  • Two US Ebola patients leave hospital ‘virus-free’

    Read more

  • Hollande is ‘nobody’s president’ says former French minister

    Read more

  • Turkey’s Erdogan names foreign minister Davutoglu as next PM

    Read more

  • US reaches historic $16.7bn settlement with Bank of America

    Read more

  • Special report: Supplying Ukraine’s soldiers on the front line

    Read more

  • Israeli air strike kills three top Hamas commanders

    Read more

  • France delivered arms to Syrian rebels, Hollande confirms

    Read more

  • Tensions high in Yemen as Shiite rebel deadline looms

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

  • French village rallies behind besieged elderly British couple

    Read more

  • Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds dies at 81

    Read more

  • Former Femen activist detained after fighting veiled woman

    Read more

  • Thailand coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha voted prime minister

    Read more

Sport

Eden Hazard to join European champions Chelsea

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-05-29

Lille's highly sought after Belgian international playmaker Eden Hazard announced Tuesday he will sign for European champions Chelsea for a reported fee of €40 million. The 21-year-old had been courted by a string of European clubs.

AP - Eden Hazard is set to join European champion Chelsea, which appears to have beaten Premier League winner Manchester City and Manchester United in the race to sign one of football's brightest young talents.

The 21-year-old Belgium winger had a brilliant season for Lille, scoring 20 league goals - one behind French leader and Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud - and topping the list with 15 assists. He scored a first-half hat trick in his final game for Lille, which finished third in the league this season after winning the title last campaign.

"I'm signing for the Champions League winner,'' Hazard said on his Twitter page on Monday. Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in a penalty shootout earlier this month in the Champions League final to qualify for next season's competition after having finished only sixth in the league.

There was no announcement from Lille that Hazard will join Chelsea, although the club has previously said it is prepared to let him go for about EUR33 million ($41.4 million).

Chelsea later issued a statement to The Associated Press saying: "As with all transfers, when we have something to announce we will announce it in the usual way.''

City, Premier League runner-up United and Arsenal were among the clubs reportedly interested in signing Hazard, whose agent recently claimed that the player had agreed on personal terms with all the interested parties.

The transfer saga, however, has dragged on for several weeks.

Hazard first said he would announce his future destination at the traditional end-of-season awards ceremony, in which he was voted the French league's best player for the second year running. But he pushed that back and promised to clarify his position after Lille's final league game of the season two weeks ago.

He received a standing ovation after his hat trick against Nancy, which included his ninth penalty from nine attempts this season, and then grabbed a microphone and told the fans he was leaving without nominating a destination.

Signing Hazard would represent a significant coup for Chelsea, considering that City manager Roberto Mancini and United boss Alex Ferguson both flew to France to watch Hazard this season.

Hazard was twice voted the French league's best young player, in 2009 and 2010, giving him individual awards in four straight campaigns. Altogether, he scored 36 league goals in 147 games for Lille after having been spotted playing in Belgium and then brought through the club's youth system.

Date created : 2012-05-29

  • CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Chelsea in nail-biting Champions League final victory

    Read more

  • FA CUP FINAL

    Chelsea secure 2-1 win over Liverpool in FA Cup final

    Read more

COMMENT(S)