Chelsea are reportedly optimistic that star attacker Eden Hazard will sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks.
The 26-year-old has been one of the Blues’ key players since his 2012 move from Lille, scoring 72 goals and registering 62 assists in 251 appearances.
Hazard’s current deal runs until 2020, but according to The Sun, Chelsea are hopeful of tying him down for a further year sooner rather than later.
The report also claims that the Belgian’s current wage of £200,000 per week will rise by a further £100,000, making him one of the best-paid players in the world.
Hazard has yet to start for the Blues this season after undergoing ankle surgery in the summer but has appeared from the bench in the club’s last two fixtures.
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Chelsea, Zappacosta: “My goal? I am honest, I wanted to cross it. It was a dream debut”
It was a dream debut for Davide Zappacosta. His first game at Stamford Bridge, his first game in the Champions League and he went coast to coast down the flank and shot the ball at the right angle to get it past the goalie and score his debut goal. Impossible to do better. He presented himself well to the Chelsea fans, who ironically were asking “who is Zappacosta” when he was signed on deadline day.
In an interview with Uefa, he stated, “I am happy, it was a dream debut for me. To debut at Stamford Bridge and score a goal I think is the dream for everyone. I am happy more than anything for the win in the first game of the competition, we started well in the competition and we need to continue like this. For my goal I am honest, I wanted to cross the ball but then I hit it fully and I saw it end up in the goal. The objective of the squad is to get as far as possible in the Champions League, we are working very hard to get better, get through this stage and then see what happens in the next stage.
How is my settling in going? The first few weeks have gone very well, I’ve met a very helpful team, made up of great champions who help you in every aspect. I am trying to understand best what the manager wants from me so I can fit into the puzzle nicely. I am working hard and will continue this way.”