Barcelona transfer claim made about Eden Hazard after Belgian’s Real Madrid debut

That’s the view of Hazard’s former Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas.

Fabregas and Eden Hazard played at Stamford Bridge together for four-and-a-half years, winning two Premier League titles together in the process.

But in January, Fabregas left for Monaco while Hazard, who had been linked with a move to Real all season, finally got his dream transfer to the Spanish capital last month.

The Belgian was sold to Real for an initial £88million with add-ons that are expected to take the deal all the way up to £130m.

Hazard has kicked off his Real career in fine form by impressing fans with his dazzling footwork in his pre-season debut against Bayern Munich.

And Fabregas, who played came from Barcelona’s La Masia academy, believes that the move to Real suits Hazard down to the ground because the 28-year-old needs to have control of the ball.

The Spaniard stated how at Barcelona, the team focus on positioning more than allowing individuals to express their talents in possession, aside from Lionel Messi.

“Hazard is an incredible player who makes the difference,” he told AS.

“He is the kind of player that was made to play at Real Madrid because he needs a lot of space to run into.

“He needs to have the ball and drive, he likes to move around the field and you can’t say to him to ‘stay there’.

“At Barcelona, for example, it’s a team more about positioning, for everyone to be in their place to circulate the ball.

“And he likes to go to the ball, to have freedom and he can give Real Madrid much more than he could to Barcelona.”

Hazard joins up with new team-mates Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy and Eder Militao as Real look to build a team that compete for Champions League glory once again.

Los Blancos were knocked out of Europe’s elite competition last term at the last 16 stage, before being beaten to the La Liga trophy by Barca.

Current star Gareth Bale is expected to leave the club after falling out with manager Zinedine Zidane, who has stated his desire to sell the Welshman as soon as possible.

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