Eden Hazard last night finally ended speculation about his future by announcing he had decided to join Chelsea next season.
The 21-year-old Lille playmaker, who had long been linked with a move to the Premier League, revealed he had chosen the newly-crowned European champions on his official Twitter account.
He wrote: “I’m signing for the Champions League winner.”
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 last night 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.
Hazard has become one of the most sought-after players in the game this season and has actively flirted with a host of European giants.
Manchester United and Manchester City looked to be favourites for his signature until Chelsea’s surprise European Cup triumph over Bayern Munich.
Hazard admitted that was a game changer and it was telling he used the expression ‘Champions League winners’ to describe the Blues last night.
Meanwhile Fernando Torres, one of Hazard’s future team-mates, claimed yesterday that he was feeling in ‘‘phenomenal form’’ and hope he will be entrusted with leading Spain’s attack at Euro 2012.
The 28-year-old Chelsea marksman has suffered a serious slump in form and confidence for both club and country since being a bit part player in Spain’s World Cup triumph in 2010.
However, having made Vicente del Bosque’s squad and helped Chelsea to their penalty shoot-out defeat of Bayern Munich in the Champions League final the former Atletico Madrid star said he felt everything was clicking into gear ahead of their defence of their European Championship crown.
“We [the Spanish squad] are all in it to do our best for the team,” said Torres. “I felt better and better as the season drew to a close and I believe I am now in phenomenal form.”
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