Jose Mourinho is more than confident that Eden Hazard will shortly sign a new contract to extend his stay with Chelsea.
The Belgian international chose the Blues over a number of rival clubs in the summer of 2012, allowing the capital club to add him to their squad from Lille in a £32million deal. Such a fee already looks like something of a bargain, as the talented midfielder has established himself not only as one of the best players in the Premier League, but also in European football.
Hazard has in recent months been linked with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, whilst French super-power Paris Saint Germain are also known to be keen admirers. However, Mourinho has revealed that the 23-year-old is poised to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge – reported to be worth around £200,000-per-week – and insists there were never any real doubts.
“He will (sign),” he said. “I was never worried about it, since the moment I met his father. Everything was very clear about their intentions and their happiness to stay with Chelsea. After that, it becomes a numbers situation. When it becomes a number situation, I’m more than happy to be out. But my club always told me that the situation would finish with a new contract, so I was never worried.”
Hazard won the league and cup double whilst in France, and helped his current club to the UEFA Europa League during his first season in England. He looks likely to add to his honours list this term, with the Blues currently top of the Premier League table, in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, the semi-final of the League Cup, whilst the FA Cup begins in the New Year.
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