Eden Hazard has insisted he is "100 percent sure" he will remain with Chelsea next season, indicating a new contract is likely at Stamford Bridge.
The Paris Saint-Germain target, who would follow David Luiz from London to Paris, appears committed to Jose Mourinho's team, as reported by Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail:
I am staying at Chelsea, 100 percent sure. Of course in football you never know, but I am under contract with Chelsea and I want to stay there. And I am in discussions with Chelsea for a new contract. It is only the beginning of the talks right now, but we have got time.
While Hazard appears to indicate there is still time for a transfer to take place just moments after highlighting his prolonged Premier League stay, Chelsea fans will be pleased to hear the tricky forward admit he wants to stay.
Mourinho shares a complicated relationship with the 23-year-old, whose flair and goalscoring nous emerged as a real bright spot of the Blues' ultimately disappointing 2013-14 season. Mourinho spoke of a "mature player" who is taking on "much more responsibility" in January, per Kevin Palmer of ESPN FC, but grew frustrated with Hazard as the campaign wore on.
After Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid in May, the Portuguese boss publicly suggested his player isn't "the kind of player who is ready to sacrifice himself 100 percent for the team and his mates," reported by Martin Lipton of the Mirror.
Jamie Redknapp, former Tottenham midfielder and current Sky Sports pundit, remains flummoxed as to why Mourinho would decide to freely lament one of his star players, per the aforementioned publication:
Jose thrives on confrontation; he likes to have a row with everybody that he can, but one row I don't understand that he is trying to have at the moment is with Hazard. If you lose him you are going to suffer, no doubt at all.
Despite Mourinho's suggestions that Hazard doesn't always prioritize the team, the player obviously feels appreciated in west London. Per Mokbel, the Belgian international is on the record as saying:
The fact that Chelsea have offered me a new deal means that they have got a lot of confidence in me, that I can do a good job, and that they can count on me.
With PSG thought to be considering a bid of around £60 million, noted by Tony Banks of the Express, the Belgian's performance at the World Cup could significantly ramp up his value, a prime reason why Chelsea would be foolish to sell.
Hazard netted 16 goals and provided seven assists across 44 appearances in the Premier League and Europe last season, recorded by WhoScored.com.
His production, incisive play and creativity remains Chelsea's most potent weapon—even at his relatively young age. The club's decision to try and tie him down appears wise, as Hazard possesses quality on the ball that could see him compete for FIFA's Ballon d'Or some time in the future.
With a little tweak from Mourinho and an extra burst of concentration when it matters, the former Lille player has the ability to become a true great of world football.
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