Chelsea are close to agreeing a new deal with Eden Hazard, which would tie him to the Stamford Bridge club for another five years, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
The new contract is expected to net the player £50 million over the five years, a significant amount of money by any account.
This works out at £200,000 a week, making him one of the best paid players at the club.
It will confirm the fact that the Belgian international has developed into a key player for the Blues since his £32 million transfer from Lille in 2012. The time since his move has seen him make 69 appearances, generating a stunning return of 23 goals and 23 assists in those games.
While Hazard has been somewhat overshadowed during the start of the new season, he has played a key role as the club have managed to win all four of their opening games in some style.
Chelsea star Eden Hazard could depart Stamford Bridge if Cristiano Ronaldo manages to secure a move to Manchester United, with Real Madrid thought to be viewing the Belgian international as an ideal replacement for the Balon D’Or winner, as reported by The Metro.
Ronaldo told the press last week that he was keen on a move back to Old Trafford before his career finishes, and reports yesterday suggested that his agent, Jorge Mendes, might encourage him to leave Real after falling out with the club’s hierarchy. Man Utd are said to have set aside £55 million to secure his arrival.
Reports in both France and Belgium are now suggesting that Chelsea’s star Hazard is seen as a good alternative for the Champions League winners, should they lose Ronaldo in the near future.
Hazard won Chelsea’s player of the year award last season after a stunning season that saw him score 17 goals.
Chelsea fans would be loath to see him leave, with the tricky winger establishing himself as a key player since his arrival from Lille for £32 million in 2012.