Chelsea have finally penned star midfielder Eden Hazard on a new long-term deal, according to reports from Sky Sports.
Hazard has been a vital part in the Blues’ side since joining from Lille in the summer of 2012 for £32million, scoring 43 goals and supply 46 assists in 147 games.
And after several months of negotiations, the Belgium international signed a new five-and-a-half year contract that extends his time at Stamford Bridge until 2021.
“I am very happy to sign a new contract with Chelsea,” Hazard said. “Since I came here in 2012 I have always felt good and the club has been very supportive to me.
“The manager has helped me improve a lot, the fans have been fantastic and I have an amazing understanding with my team-mates.
“I always try to give pleasure to the supporters with my style of play and it is nice to know they appreciate my work.
“I hope we can repay that support by winning lots of trophies, beginning with the Capital One Cup at Wembley, and after that, we can push hard towards the end of the season.”
Hazard was voted as Chelsea’s best player last season, as well as being recognized in the PFA Team of the Year for both of his campaigns in the English top flight.
Manager Jose Mourinho was delighted with Hazard’s new deal, and tipped the 24-year-old to go on to become one of the best players in the world.
“I am very happy that Eden has signed a new contract,”he said.
“It shows he believes in the club’s coaching staff and players to help him become the best player in the world.
“He is already a top player and his evolution has been fantastic. He is still very young and he can become the best.”
Hazard’s signature will hopefully ward off any clubs looking to purchase the winger, with European powerhouses Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain previously keen on his services.