Chelsea appear ready to break the bank in-order to re-sign Eden Hazard to a contract that will keep the Belgian top goalscorer at Stamford Bridge for the next four to five seasons.
The deal, reported in the Express, states that the Blues will up their initial offer of £300,000 a week to £350,000 a week – setting a new Premier League record for a player salary, which is currently being held by Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez, who earns £315,000.
Eden Hazard is currently not among the very top earners in the Premier League, with the 27-year old on a £200,000 a week contract in west London.
In quotes carried by the Express via an interview in Sky Sports this past week Eden Hazard appeared to give hope to Blues fans that their top goalscorer could ultimately end up staying at the club for the long-term;
“I can finish with Chelsea.”
“No problem at all. I am very happy with this club, with the team, my family is happy here.
“So, if I don’t go to Spain, it is not a problem.”
“I love the fans — I think the fans love me! What happens in the future, I will be happy, so that’s it.”
Hazard has so far scored seven Premier League goals in just nine outings this season – at this current rate the Belgian will eclipse his tally of 12 league goals last season in 34 appearances.
The club are reportedly hoping to get the new contract talks underway prior to the January transfer window, and will hope that early intent to make him the highest-paid player will show their star man that they want him more than Real Madrid.