Eden Hazard announces return to Chelsea

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Chelsea legend Eden Hazard is set to make a comeback to Stamford Bridge for the annual Soccer Aid charity event in support of UNICEF this year.

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Eden Hazard concluded his professional football career last year following the expiration of his contract with Real Madrid, marking the end of an illustrious playing journey.

This summer, he will once again don his boots for a charitable cause, having been chosen to play for the World XI team against England.

“My Chelsea family – I am coming home on Sunday 9th June!” Eden Hazard said. “I can’t wait to see you all again. Playing at Stamford Bridge was always amazing. We won so many trophies together there. Some of the very best memories I have in football – seven brilliant years. I miss them.

“As I enter a new chapter, we can write new history with Soccer Aid for UNICEF. Together, we can and will raise millions of pounds for children across the world. So, buy your tickets and let’s have a great day together in June.”

Mauricio Pochettino, the current Chelsea manager, will take the helm as the World XI’s coach for the second consecutive year, with Eden Hazard under his guidance.

The England team will be led by Frank Lampard, Pochettino’s predecessor at Chelsea and one of Hazard’s former teammates, alongside Harry Redknapp and Robbie Williams.

Pochettino said: “Soccer Aid for UNICEF is a huge event – and one I am delighted to be part of again.

“The 2023 match was a great experience to be a part of and that is why I was more than happy to accept a return this year, particularly as it will be at Stamford Bridge and with Frank Lampard, a Chelsea legend, in the opposing dugout for England.

“We raised so much money last year, and I hope we can do the same this time, so please get involved and buy your tickets.

“A sold-out Stamford Bridge generates an incredible atmosphere and we want the players who are part of Soccer Aid 2024 to enjoy that same feeling when they step out on to the pitch on Sunday 9th June.”

Lampard added: “Playing in front of a sold-out crowd at Stamford Bridge is special – for any player, on any occasion. I’m excited to be doing that again – this time with Soccer Aid for UNICEF.

“Managing the Soccer Aid England team with Harry will be a proud moment and great fun – but the main focus is rightly on the millions of pounds we can all raise together. So, please buy your tickets for Sunday 9th June and lend us your support.”

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