Thursday, 13 June 2019

Real Madrid unveils Eden Harzard as club's transfers this summer nears £300m

Real Madrid has already spent nearly £300m after signing five players as the Spanish giant attempt to bounce back from a trophyless 2018-19 season during which they employed three coaches.

The La Liga club has completed the signing of French left-back Ferland Mendy from Olympique Lyonnais for £42.7million in the latest bid to strengthen their side for next season.




The club have also signed Belgium forward Eden Hazard from Chelsea for around £150m, as well as Serbia striker Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt, Brazilian Rodrygo from Santos and central defender Eder Militao from Porto.

Mendy, who has signed a six-year contract, joined Lyon in 2017 from Le Havre. The 24-year-old made 79 appearances, scoring three goals and providing seven assists.

He has played four times for France since making his debut in November in a friendly against Uruguay.

Real Madrid will pay an initial 48 million euros for Mendy with a possible further £4.4m in incentive payments.

Eden Hazard was unveiled at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday as around 50,000 supporters turned out to welcome the player they hope will launch a glorious new era under Zinedine Zidane.

The 28-year-old was presented with the home shirt, which was without a number, by club president Florentino Perez, moments after the Belgian had delivered a brief statement to his expectant fans.

“Hello everyone,” Hazard started in Spanish, to huge cheers, before continuing in French. “It was my dream since I was small to play for Real Madrid and now I am here.”

“You are one of the best players in the world,” added Perez. “We know Real Madrid was where you wanted to be and now you’re here.”

Cristiano Ronaldo attracted almost 80,000 for his presentation in 2009 and while the attendance for Hazard was not as large, this was still an impressive turnout.

Before he emerged, there had been chants of “We want Mbappe!” and a scattering of whistles for Perez, who has been tasked with rebuilding a Madrid squad that woefully underperformed last season.

Perez has admitted to being interested in Kylian Mbappe but the club’s transfers this summer already amount to around 300 million euros after the arrivals of Luka Jovic, Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy.

Reuters/AFP




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