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Hazard: I'm joining Chelsea

May 28, 2012
By ESPN staff

Eden Hazard has revealed that he will be playing for Chelsea next season after months of intrigue over where he would go.

Eden Hazard
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Hazard is rated as one of the most talented young prospects in Europe, having already become the key man at French club Lille at the age of 21. Earlier this summer he confirmed he would leave France and England would be his destination and on Monday he showed his hand.

"I'm signing for the champion's [sic] league winner," Hazard tweeted.

Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all reportedly struck deals to sign the playmaker, but Hazard was always keen to play somewhere where he would get a chance in the first-team.

Hazard earlier continued to keep fans of several clubs in suspense by posting he had ''made up his mind'' who he was going to join but declined to name the team in question.

There was no official confirmation from either Chelsea or Lille that a deal had been reached over the signing of Hazard, who has been rated at £32 million. But reports in France suggest the Belgium star has agreed a five-year contract worth as much as £100,000-a-week after tax.