In Focus: Chelsea confident of securing mammoth £300k-a-week deal

Chelsea are confident they’ll be able to retain the services of Eden Hazard and that he’ll pen a new deal with the club in the coming weeks, TMW report.

What’s the story?

Having won two Premier League titles in the past three years, Eden Hazard has firmly established himself as one of the best players in English football and that’s naturally led to wide interest in the Belgian’s services. However, Chelsea are confident they’ll find a breakthrough.

Hazard has not been shy of his admiration for Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, with Los Blancos regularly linked to the services of the former Lille man, and there’s been a growing expectation that the serial Champions League winners will lodge a bid somewhere down the line.

Chelsea are determined not to sell though and TMW reports a significant breakthrough, indicating that the defending Premier League champions are confident Hazard will sign a new contract through to 2021 worth a staggering £300k-a-week.

How crucial is this deal?

Eden Hazard has often been mentioned in the same categories as Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Belgian ace regularly tipped as a future Ballon D’Or winner. Given the fact a Premier League player hasn’t won the award since Michael Owen in 2001, it takes a brave man to bet on him ending La Liga’s dominance.

Hazard, now 16, is approaching the prime years of his career and a deal until 2021 would secure the Belgian’s services to the West London giants until he’s 30. That’s significant as it means Chelsea have not only got the player on their books through his rise but also in a period when he should play the best football of his career.

Nevertheless, a new contract doesn’t necessarily rule out a sale completely but it does mean Chelsea will have a strong negotiating position should Real Madrid, or any other European giant, come calling. Paying him £300k-a-week also sees the Blues flex their financial muscles, showing they can go toe-to-toe with Europe’s richest.