Jose Mourinho says he is confident that Eden Hazard will sign a new deal at Chelsea following recent contract talks between the two parties.
The Belgian arrived at Stamford Bridge from Lille in the summer of 2012 and has developed from a precocious talent into a world-class player.
He is now arguably the first name on the teamsheet for the Portuguese boss whose side are the current 1.65 favourites to win the Premier League.
However, his performances haven’t gone unnoticed with big-spending Paris Saint-Germain making no secret of their desire to sign him during the summer, but the Blues hope extending his current contract will help see off interest from the French champions who recently acquired David Luiz from the west Londoners.
Reports on Tuesday morning suggested that the 23-year-old could be about to agree a deal worth £50million which would double his wages to around £200,000 a week.
Chelsea begin their Champions League campaign on Wednesday against Schalke, a tournament they’re currently 6.00 to win and Mourinho is confident that the two parties will be able to reach an agreement in the near future that will ensure Hazard remains part of his plans for the next few years.
“We have big hopes that he will go from a top player to reach higher levels,” the boss said. “He’s a player we want to keep. It’s true Chelsea is trying to have an agreement for a new contract.
“It will be a question of time. It will end with a new contract. He wants to commit to us and we want to commit to him for the future.”