Real Madrid will reportedly have to pay Chelsea £15million due to a clause in one of their player’s contracts, following the Champions League win over Liverpool.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side beat the Reds 1-0 in Paris on Saturday to make it 14 Champions Leagues/European cups in the club’s illustrious history. It is the second time they have beaten Liverpool in the UCL final over the past five seasons.
Real did not have an easy route to the Stade de France clash, and they made it even harder for themselves.
Los Blancos pulled off stunning comebacks against Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and then Manchester City to get there. Forwards Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior were the catalysts for most of the late drama, aided by Rodrygo.
In the final, it was Thibaut Courtois who shone. He brilliantly denied Sadio Mane and Mo Salah with top saves to maintain a clean sheet for Real.
The former Chelsea goalkeeper celebrated with Eden Hazard after the final whistle. And it is Belgium winger Hazard who has helped to give the Blues a financial boost.
According to football.london, there is a windfall clause in the deal which took Hazard from Chelsea to Real back in 2019.
It means the Blues should receive £15m if Hazard wins the Champions League with the Spanish giants – and the money should be processed soon after Real’s triumph.
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It is a clever piece of business from Chelsea officials. Clearly, they were looking to help their future finances when letting Hazard leave three years ago.
The money will aid Todd Boehly and his consortium as they prepare to take over the club on Monday. Previous owner Roman Abramovich has already sent a parting message to Chelsea supporters.
Reports have put Hazard in line for a Chelsea return, as he looks to end his nightmare spell in Spain.
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However, during an interview before the final, the attacker revealed his desire to turn things around at the Bernabeu.
“The coach knows that I still have a contract until 2024,” Hazard said. “My first three seasons at Real have not gone well, so I want to show everyone what I can do.
“Starting with this Saturday. It has always been a dream to play for Real. It still is.”
It seems Hazard will remain with Real for the next two years to prove his doubters wrong. A Chelsea return could occur in the summer of 2024, although Hazard will be 33 by then.
Meanwhile, Chelsea and Tottenham may struggle to land Gleison Bremer after he agreed terms with a major European side.