According to reports, Chelsea and Belgium forward Eden Hazard may consider signing a new long-term deal with the west London club, should the club meet his requirements at the end of the season. Hazard has recently confirmed that he has no intent of leaving the club during the ongoing season but that may not be the same in about 12 months from now.
As reported by The Sun, Hazard has no plans of agreeing a new long-term deal with Chelsea at the moment but he could make the decision by the end of the season. Chelsea are believed to have already agreed to add £100,000 pay rise on his current £200,000-a-week contract but he may not sign the deal unless the club return to the Champions League next term.
Chelsea have failed to qualify for the elite competition in two of the previous three seasons and Hazard is said to be worried about the club’s stance on this, given he has in the past cited his ambition of winning the Champions League title. As such, Hazard appears prepared to play the waiting game with Chelsea and he may only agree upon an extension, should the club finish in the top four or manage to win the Europa League altogether.
The Blues have made a strong start to the new season with back-to-back victories over Huddersfield Town and Arsenal, and this has already made the club’s new boss Maurizio Sarri a favourite among the club’s fans. However, Sarri has some tough work to do in the defensive side of Chelsea after they offered numerous scoring opportunities for Unai Emery’s side during the recent London derby which ended 3-2 in their favour.
In these two matches, Hazard came from the bench to provide an assist but he may start from the off when they make the trip to Newcastle United. Chelsea have had a splendid home record against the Blues with four wins and one draw in their last five matches and it will be interesting to see how the visitors fare this time around.