Chelsea Transfer News: Eden Hazard Will Only Be Sold for 'Crazy' Money

Aidan ReynoldsContributor IIIJanuary 11, 2014

Eden Hazard has become Jose Mourinho's preferred choice in midfield.
Eden Hazard has become Jose Mourinho's preferred choice in midfield.Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

It's been an interesting turnaround for Eden Hazard at Chelsea. Early in the season, he was regarded as an uncommitted player who would drift in and out of games. Now he is apparently worth close to £100 million.

After he forgot his passport before a Champions League match with Schalke, Paul Doyle at the Guardian reported that Jose Mourinho urged him to improve his focus.

According to Doyle, Mourinho took a special interest in the 23-year-old, setting him targets and giving him regular feedback on his progress. He wanted more consistency and a commitment to becoming a true professional.

Mourinho's faith has been rewarded to the extent that, according to Martin Lipton at the Mirrorhe now values Hazard at three times the price Chelsea paid:

There is no chance of Eden going, no chance.

His value was £32 million when he joined and he’s now two or three times better than that, so his market value, even if we wanted to sell, would be crazy.

This has come on the heels of a report in the Mirror that Hazard would be joining Paris St. Germain in the summer, with the English paper crediting Le Parisien with the story. That story quoted Hazard as saying "I will certainly be joining Paris next summer," via "a teammate" of his.

Mourinho moved quickly to quash the rumour and laughed it off, instead reiterating his confidence in the player with the high estimate of his transfer fee.

This move would seem to cement Hazard's place in the Chelsea line-up for the rest of the season, which has seen Hazard turn in much-improved performances and look like the player Chelsea saw when they brought him in from Lille.

With the reported exit of Kevin de Bruyne to Wolfsburg and the ongoing unrest of Juan Mata, it's vital for Mourinho that Hazard continues his rise in a Chelsea shirt. Should both De Bruyne and Mata leave, however, the door would be open for Mourinho to bring in another player.

The Wayne Rooney rumour isn't going to go anywhere, but Mourinho would be wiser to wait until the summer and get him at a reduced fee.

He also knows that Moyes cannot afford to lose the support of United fans. Selling Rooney in this window would go a way towards accomplishing that, so the Chelsea boss will bide his time.

For now, Mourinho must look to his current crop of players to get the job done. With the title race still so open, this Chelsea side has enough quality to finish the year at the summit of the table.

It's a risk—especially if the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool strengthen their squads—but it just goes to show how much Mourinho is willing to place on the shoulders of his young playmaker.

It's now up to Hazard to fulfil that expectation.