Eden Hazard greeted by thousands of fans at Real Madrid unveiling

Sunday, 16 Jun, 2019

Pointing to the badge on his shirt, the 28-year-old kissed it to leave the 50,000 strong crowd in no doubt about his allegiance.

"He's still got a few years left in him and it depends which club wants to take him".

More importantly, the alternative targets have all had impressive seasons for their clubs and would quality to Manchester United's overall squad.

This is because, as of writing, Hazard does not now have a number in Madrid.

Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Rodrygo and Eder Militao have also been acquired, taking Madrid's total spending to over €300m (£267m).

"It's true that nearly all Ballon D'Or winners recently have been Real Madrid players", he replied.

Eden Hazard was unveiled as a Real Madrid player on Thursday after the Belgian forward completed his €100 million (Dh414m) move from Chelsea.

"It is a different level".

"I'm here to help my team, my team-mates and maybe one day I'll win it but it's at the back of my mind".

"Everyone knows Zidane was my idol growing up", he said.

The Belgian becomes the 13-times champions' joint-record signing (€150m), and has set his sights on repaying that fee by toppling his team-mate Luka Modric as the world's best player.

In five of the last six years, the Ballon d'Or victor has been playing for Real Madrid, with Luka Modric succeeding Cristiano Ronaldo - now of Juventus - in winning the prize in 2018.

It looks like the 4-3-3 formation that Zidane has favoured during his time in charge of Real Madrid is no longer a foregone conclusion. "I can't wait for the season to start". For now, I'm Eden Hazard. "He said no, so I'll have to find another number".

The Premier League side reportedly won't sell for less than £150 million. In football you can always improve, you never reach the limit.

"There is always room to do better, both individually and collectively".