Transfer espionage or uncorroborated story? See for yourself!
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Transfer espionage or uncorroborated story? See for yourself!

Finally, after all that seduction and eyelash fluttering, the big news coming out is that this saga has reached its climax: Real Madrid have agreed personal terms with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, which is not good news for Chelsea fans

The BBC has reported this bit of news, but there are no facts it has used to back this up. Hazard is under contract at Chelsea, and the rules do not permit him from agree terms with another team? Under FIFA rules: Regulation 18.3 of the FIFA Regulations: “A club intending to conclude a contract with a professional must inform the player’s current club in writing before entering into negotiations with him. A professional shall only be free to conclude a contract with another club if his contract with his present club has expired or is due to expire within six months. Any breach of this provision shall be subject to appropriate sanctions.”

The Belgian’s contract at Stamford Bridge lasts up to June 2020, if this news is true, either Real have broken the rule or Chelsea allowed the two parties to speak. Just two days ago, the BBC has claimed that: “Chelsea are ready to “immediately” agree on a new contract with Eden Hazard, but are waiting for the forward to make a decision, says boss Maurizio Sarri.” It is a very confusing situation, and Hazard himself has not helped things by saying: “Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay.” adding: “Real Madrid are the best club in the world. I don’t want to lie today. It is my dream since I was a kid. I was dreaming about this club.”

As the BBC seems to have forgotten to check its facts, Spain’s AS reports: “Onda Madrid claims that Real Madrid have reached an agreement with Eden Hazard as they seek to take the Belgian to LaLiga in the summer.”

Onda Madrid is a radio station based out of the Spanish capital, and its website presents football stories exclusively about Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Expectedly, it’s biased, but the site carries no news on Hazard, which is weird considering the capture of a player for 170m euros would be a pretty big story. Yet there is no news that the site has put up, and as a result, one local news station’s unconfirmed claims are reported as fact and circulated around the web, leading us to wonder that even the BBC sometimes decides to do some quick click-baiting.

Authors take

The future of Hazard has been uncertain for a while, and the player himself has not helped matters with his undecided nature. But if BBC has actually presented this transfer update without a thorough background check, it is a disappointing way to go about business from one of the most trusted news sources the world over.

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