Chelsea defender Emerson revealed how it didn’t hit home that Eden Hazard was leaving until he exited the team’s WhatsApp group.
It had been one of the worst-kept secrets in football that the Belgian would join Real Madrid at the end of the season.
That ultimately came to pass this month when Hazard waved goodbye to English football after seven years.
And in an interview with ESPN Brazil, Emerson opened up on what the winger’s parting words were before he made the move.
“On our WhatsApp group, the last message there is Hazard’s farewell one,” he said, as quoted by the Mirror.
“He said goodbye and such to the boys and since then, we haven’t had anything else. It’s weird.
“He sent a message saying ‘thank you, I love you guys’ and then it showed ‘Eden Hazard left the group’.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) June 7, 2019
“I just said to myself, ‘damn, he really left’.”
Hazard will nonetheless be remembered as a Chelsea legend, given the success he enjoyed at Stamford Bridge.
During his time in west London, the 28-year-old made over 350 appearances, scoring 110 goals for the Blues.