Chelsea are now reportedly ready to hand Eden Hazard a whopping £350,000-a-week to ward off Real Madrid and keep him at the club.
There is no doubt that the Belgian is one of the best players in world football and is vital to the immediate success of Maurizio Sarri, but we have had to contend with constant speculation that he is ready to pack his bags, jump on a place to Spain and sign for Madrid in a deal worth £200 million as they seek to replace the goals they lost when Cristiano joined Juventus.
Hazard has even come out and admitted that he would like to one day make the move to La Liga, in hope he can fulfil his dream of winning the Champions League and coveted Ballon D’or trophy, which has been dominated by both Lionel Messi and Ronaldo over the last decade.
However, the Daily Express website has claimed that we are willing to go as high as £350,000-a-week to keep him at Stamford Bridge and ward off the speculation surrounding his long-term future at the club, after he came out last week and admitted that he could finish his career at the club.
He told Sky Sports: “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.”
The deal would also boost Hazard’s current wage at the club by £150,000-a-week and firmly establish him as the clubs most important and vital player.
Will Hazard sign the new contract? Here is what we think on a possible deal.
In the world of football money talks and every player is looking for more money and a more comfortable lifestyle, and Hazard is no different. But the one difference big players have is that they have ambitions to win everything and be the best, so we can see why the Belgian wants to leave and make the move to the much easier Spanish League.
But with a couple of good signings in the coming transfer windows and the right ambition shown by the club to Hazard will maybe convince him that he can win everything here at Stamford Bridge and go on to be the best.
It is just a case of whether we can convince him to sign that deal.