Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the club are on the cusp of agreeing a bumper new deal with Eden Hazard, with the sensational winger set to receive a contract worth £50 million over the next five years, as reported by the Daily Mail.
This works out at an increase to £200,000 per week for the player, who has developed into a key player for the Stamford Bridge club since his £32 million arrival from Lille two summers ago.
At that point, there remained questions about Hazard, but he has gone on to establish himself as one of the best forward players in the Premier League.
69 appearances for the club have seen him score 23 goals and provide 23 assists, showing his stunning form and stunning return since his arrival.
Mourinho said: “He means a lot because he’s a fantastic player.
“We are feeling day by day his motivation to work hard and improve. We have big hopes that he will go from the top player he is at this moment and will reach higher levels to become one of the best.
“He is a player who we want to keep, in spite of the fact he has a long-term contract as young as he is. It’s true Chelsea are trying to have an agreement over a new contract, and that he wants to stay and commit for a few more years.
“It’s a question of time. One more month, one less month, and he’ll have a new contract.
“I think there’s been a big improvement. That’s why we’re seeing that, from a top talent, he’s a fantastic player.
“But now we want, because his talent allows him to, to go from a top player to one of the greats of his generation.
“That’s why we think he can and why we’re proud that he thinks that Chelsea is the perfect environment for him to have that evolution.
“That’s why he wants to commit to us, and why we want him to commit for the future, too.”
Chelsea have started the new season in exceptional fashion, winning all four of their games and doing so in some style.