Eden Hazard has all but confirmed he will end his tenure at Chelsea after an illustrious career in the English capital.

After playing a decisive role and scoring a double in Chelsea’s Europa League success overnight, Hazard said post-game that he is awaiting a “new challenge” after seven years at the club.

The 28-year-old has been linked to a move to Real Madrid over the past few months and admitted to making his mind up two weeks ago.

“We will decide in a few days and the only target in my mind was to win this final,” Hazard said.

“I have made my decision already and now I’m waiting on both clubs. I think it is a goodbye, but in football you never know,

“My dream was to play in the Premier League and I have done that for one of the biggest clubs so maybe now it is the time for a new challenge.”

During his time at Chelsea, Hazard has played an integral role in winning six trophies in seven seasons which include winning the Premier League twice, two Europa League crowns, one League Cup and also winning the FA Cup.

The Belgian, who joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012 has featured over 350 times in all competitions and scored 110 goals during this time while enjoying his best season in-front of goal – scoring 21 in all competitions this past season.

Losing Hazard will be a major loss to Chelsea who face an impending transfer ban which will see them be unable to buy a replacement in the short-term.

However, the arrival of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund could help stem that loss along with more chances for young dynamo, Callum Hudson-Odoi should he stay at the club upon returning from his injury.

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