Chelsea have moved quickly to try to head off Real Madrid’s interest in Thibaut Courtois by opening talks over a new contract for their goalkeeper.
Now that the Premier League title is theirs, Chelsea are working on plans for next season and have held discussions regarding the futures of Courtois and Hazard, who have both been linked with Real.
Chelsea also face the prospect of having to break two world records to land their primary transfer targets, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Southampton central defender Virgil van Dijk.
Telegraph Sport revealed on Sunday that informal talks between Chelsea and Hazard took place last week and it is understood there has also been a meeting between the club and Courtois’ advisers aimed at negotiating a new contract.
Courtois currently has a contract that runs to 2019 but, with Real in the market for a new goalkeeper and also chasing Manchester United’s David de Gea, Chelsea want to secure his long-term future.
The Belgium goalkeeper currently earns £100,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge, which is around half of what De Gea is paid by United and the Spaniard is likely to be given a rise if he joins Real.
Chelsea will, therefore, need to pay Courtois well over £150,000-a-week to tie him down to a new deal and the 25-year-old may want to be sure of Real’s intentions before committing himself.
Sources in Spain currently believe Real are more likely to sign De Gea than Courtois and Chelsea are more hopeful of holding on to their goalkeeper.
Hazard has been told that he can achieve all of his ambitions with Chelsea. They are willing to pay him £300,000-a-week to sign a new contract and insist he will not be sold this summer.
The 26-year-old provided an encouraging signal by giving an interview in which he said he could win the Ballon d’Or at Chelsea, although, like Courtois, he may want to find out exactly what Real are planning before signing a new contract with Chelsea.