Chelsea star Eden Hazard has reassured anxious supporters about his future by admitting he is planning to sign a new deal with the champions.
The Belgian playmaker is Real Madrid’s top transfer target to revitalise their ageing attack.
But the 27-year-old, who was at the O2 Arena on Thursday night for the annual London NBA game, clarified his situation for the first time by stating that his future is at Stamford Bridge.
‘Yes,’ Hazard told Mirror Football when asked directly whether he plans to sign a new long-term deal with the champions. ‘I think Thibaut first. Then I will sign.’
Hazard is expected to be next to sign on the dotted line once goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has signed a new £200,000-a-week deal.
Despite Hazard having two years remaining on his current contract, the west London club do not want to face a similar situation to Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal if Hazard’s deal was to be run down.
He is the star attraction in Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side and he has scored nine and assisted eight so far this season.
Courtois has also caught the eye of Spanish giants Madrid having established himself as one of the world’s top goalkeepers since moving to west London from Atletico Madrid in 2014.
The Chelsea stopper recently described Hazard as similar in value to his club as Lionel Messi is to Barcelona.
And so news that the pair will resist the overtures of La Liga will come as welcome relief for Chelsea’s board, management and supporters.