Chelsea received an additional £20million last campaign from Eden Hazard’s transfer move to Real Madrid, according to reports.
Hazard swapped Chelsea for the Santiago Bernabeu in 2019 after playing 352 matches in seven years at Stamford Bridge.
His record of 110 goals and 92 assists in London meant Real Madrid were always going to have to break the bank to sign the player, with the two teams eventually agreeing on a fee of £89m.
That figure did not include any performance-related clauses which was inserted into Hazard’s contract at the club, with the fee rising to £150million depending on add-ons.
Hazard has suffered excessive injury problems since making the move to Spain, but Chelsea still managed to recoup an extra £20m last campaign, according to The Athletic .
The report claims that the Blues received £20m for Real Madrid winning La Liga and qualifying for Champions League this season.
Chelsea will receive another payment should Madrid lift the Champions League. For that to happen, the La Liga giants will have to get past the London side in a two-legged semi-final.
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And Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel appeared wary of the threat posed by Hazard in his pre-match press conference, saying: “Eden is a top-quality player.
“He was the key player here for many, many years in this club and this league – which is one of the hardest in the world and a tough one if you decide matches so consistently like Eden did for this club here.
“So I have the biggest respect for him. Of course we talk a lot because he’s a big player for this club and of course we have many people here in the staff who know him very well.
“And like I said, he was a key player for this club. Now he plays for Real Madrid and obviously he’s fit and he had a comeback in the last game for some minutes to be ready tomorrow.
“If he plays, I’m pretty sure he wants to make a point and wants to prove [something]. Let’s see.”