Chelsea did not participate in Saturday night’s UEFA Champions League final in Paris, but they are likely to benefit from Real Madrid’s victory over Liverpool.
Because of a stipulation in Eden Hazard’s contract, the Blues will collect enormous bonuses if he wins the European Cup. The Belgian was an unused substitute at the Stade de France, playing only 83 minutes in three appearances throughout their Champions League campaign.
Nonetheless, the 31-year-old was awarded a winner’s medal, and his former team will profit financially from his victory. Hazard’s contract was triggered by the Champions League success, according to The Athletic reporter Simon Johnson, when he first signed from the west London side in 2019.
That means Chelsea will be paid a large sum, rumored to be about £20 million. Hazard’s acquisition cost the club €100 million, but the Belgian hasn’t been able to reclaim his best form since joining Real Madrid. Injuries have plagued his career in Madrid, limiting him to only 66 games and six goals across all competitions as the 31-year-old has battled to establish himself as a starter.
Hazard has been linked with a summer exit, with a return to Chelsea also being mentioned, although any deal to bring him back to Stamford Bridge would be difficult.
His Real Madrid contract extends until June 2024, and the Premier League club, which is now under new ownership, will be obligated to pay his exorbitant earnings unless he agrees to a pay cut.
It’ll be exciting to see if Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti decides to keep Hazard for the 2022-23 season or let him leave for new pastures.