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Chelsea win race to land Eden Hazard

In-demand Belgian star says he will sign for European Cup winners this summer - ending weeks of speculation over his future.

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard

In-demand Belgian star Eden Hazard says he will sign for Chelsea this summer - ending weeks of speculation over which English Premier League side he would move to.

The 21-year-old has been the subject of fevered discussion after admitting he wanted to move to Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea during the transfer window.

And last night the Lille playmaker - who is likely to face England in a Euro 2012 warm-up this week - revealed he had opted to join the newly-crowned European champions.

"I'm signing for the champion's league winner," he announced on Twitter.

However, there has yet to be official confirmation from either Chelsea or Lille that a deal had been reached over the signing of Hazard, who has been rated at £32million.

A Chelsea spokesman said tonight: "As with all transfers, when we have something to announce, we will announce it in the usual way."

But reports in France suggest the Belgium star has agreed a five-year contract worth as much as £100,000 a week after tax.

United and City had looked to be in a two-horse race to sign the player until Chelsea's surprise European Cup victory against Bayern Munich last weekend, which Hazard admitted at the time was a game changer.

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