Eden Hazard RETIRES from football after failing to find a new club following Real Madrid exit… as 32-year-old pens emotional farewell message to followers on social media

  • Eden Hazard has confirmed his decision to retire from football at 32-years-old 
  • Former Belgian international has been without a club since leaving Real Madrid 
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Eden Hazard has confirmed his decision to retire from football at 32-years-old, via a post on social media. 

The 32-year-old has been without a club since he was released by Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer – having made just 76 appearances across four seasons at the club. 

Following his Real Madrid departure, a return to elite-level football is looked to be off the cards as Hazard made multiple suggestions he may hang up his boots for good. 

The winger did reportedly have some English clubs interested in him after leaving Madrid, but concerns about his fitness seemed to be a major barrier. 

And now, via a lengthy post on his Instagram page, the former Chelsea star has confirmed his decision to retire from the game for good.  

Eden Hazard remains a free agent after Real Madrid tore up his contract earlier this summer

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid star wrote: ‘You must listen to yourself and say stop at the right time.

‘After 16 years and more than 700 matches played, I have decided to end my career as a professional footballer.

‘I was able to realise my dream, I have played and had fun on many pitches around the world.

‘During my career I was lucky to meet great managers, coaches and teammates – thank you to everyone for these great times, I will miss you all.

‘I also want to thank the clubs I have played for: LOSC, Chelsea and Real Madrid; and thank the RBFA for my Belgian Selection.

‘A special thank you to my family, my friends, my advisors and the people who have been close to me in good times and bad.

‘Finally, a huge thank you to you, my fans, who have followed me for all these years and for your encouragement everywhere I have played.

‘Now is the time to enjoy my loved ones and have new experiences. See you off the field soon my friends’.

Hazard won the Premier League twice and the PFA Player of the Year award at Chelsea, but also secured two La Liga titles and the Champions League with Real Madrid. 

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