The stories from Football Leaks just keep on coming at the moment.
Already there has been stories concerning Roberto Firmino’s ‘no Arsenal release clause’ and Toby Alderweireld’s apparently incorrect low clause.
But now, thanks to a report in Belgian publication Le Soir (via Goal.com) it has been revealed that Chelsea paid less for Eden Hazard than first reported.
The report states that Chelsea paid an estimated €35million for Hazard when he joined from French side Lille back in 2012, and not the €40million that had been reported.
It is said that the Belgian playmaker also recieved a bonus payment of €2.4m for picking up the PFA Player of the Year award during the 2014/15 campaign.
And not only that, Le Soir, who are reporting from Football Leaks, claim that Hazard was paid a yearly salary of €4.71m in his first season at Stamford Bridge, which was then bumped up to an even €5m in his second season.
However, when the 25-year-old signed his new deal in 2015 that figure rose to €12.5m a year.
Chelsea fans must have been bricking it as his dip in form coincided with him signing the bumper new deal, but he is back to his best now having won the Player of the Month award for November.
“The first contract of Eden Hazard at Chelsea tells us little,” Goal quotes the Le Soir report as saying. “Firstly because it dates from 2012 and has since been extended.
“Next because it is less detailed. We discover however that the transfer fee between Lille and Chelsea is not €40m and is instead €35m.
Aside from that, it also details the star’s gross salary at Chelsea for the first years (4.71 million Euros for the first season and 5 million Euros for the second). But this salary does not represent the reality because Hazard had extended his contract by three years in February 2015 (doubling, according to certain outlets, his salary, going from €5m to €12.4m).”
The player’s 19 goals in 52 games for Chelsea during the 2014/15 season helped the club claim the Premier League title, and his eventual crowning as the best player in the division automatically triggered a clause in his contract that saw him pocket an extra €2.4m.
“However,” Le Soir continues,” his first contract indicates that there was only one clause that enabled him to win a bonus and that it was quite well chosen because it stipulates that: ‘if he is chosen as player of the year, he will earn a bonus of €2.4m.'”