Paris Saint-Germain have scrapped plans to table a £61million bid for Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, according to reports.
The French giants have been heavily linked with a move for the 23-year-old, with The Daily Mail reporting that manager Laurent Blanc was ready to table the huge offer for the former Lille star.
However, last season’s Ligue 1 champions are opting against the big-money offer after Blues boss Jose Mourinho insisted that the Belgian international was not for sale.
‘The Special One’ is also reported to have signalled his intent that a new contract could be in the offing for the winger, who was the stand-out player at Chelsea last season.
Blanc has recently admitted in an interview in Brazil that Hazard is a ‘top player’, and he proved it on the big stage with an impressive performance in his country’s comeback 2-1 win over Algeria earlier in the week.
National team coach Marc Wilmots had even gone as far as to compare Hazard with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, although the player himself played down the comparison.
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"I never like to talk about myself in that way because, to be honest, I don't think I deserve it at the moment. To be thought of as one of the best five in the world, I would need to score more goals for a start,” he said.
"I would really need to score almost every game because that is what the best players in the world - like Messi and Ronaldo - do every season.”
It’s easy to see why interest continues to grow in Hazard, who has been a revelation for the Blues since arriving in the 2012 summer transfer window.
Roberto di Matteo was in charge at a time of managerial flux - despite just winning the Champions League for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich - and he wouldn’t last the season.
The Blues did win the Europa League under Rafa Benitez, but it was the following year under returning boss Jose Mourinho that Hazard really started to shine for the club.
He scored 14 goals in 35 Premier League appearances and was on the shortlist for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, but couldn’t help the club lift another trophy.
Were he allowed to leave this summer, then he’d do so without a Premier League title to his name - which must be part of the reason Mourinho wants to keep him in west London as he builds a side capable of challenging at the top of the table once again.