Chelsea are set to make Eden Hazard the best-paid player in the club's history by handing the Belgium international a £200,000-a-week contract to keep him at Stamford Bridge for the next five years.
This is according to Goal, who claim that Hazard will earn more than summer signing Cesc Fabregas, who receives a total package worth £200,000-a-week following his transfer from Barcelona, should he decide to put pen to paper on the contract extension.
Hazard: £200k-a-week plus bonuses
Hazard will earn a basic salary of £200,000-a-week plus performance-related bonuses - making him not just one of the highest-paid players in the Premier League, but also one of the highest-paid footballers in the world.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly sanctioned the improved deal following a heart-to-heart with the talented 23-year-old at the end of last season.
Hazard was accused of not working hard enough for the team by Mourinho in the second half of last season - and at one point it looked as if the Belgian would try to leave Stamford Bridge for French champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Relations have improved between Mourinho and Hazard
However, relations between the two men have improved since then, and Hazard confirmed to reporters that he is committed to Chelsea in an interview this summer - and revealed that talks regarding a new deal had commenced.
"I am staying at Chelsea 100 per cent," the attacking winger commented. "Of course in football you never know but I am under contract with Chelsea and want to stay there. It is only the beginning of talks right now so we have time."
Mourinho further convinced Hazard to stay put at Stamford Bridge by handing him the No. 10 shirt. The former Lille star expressed his delight after receiving the iconic shirt number, telling reporters: “I am very pleased to be able to wear the number 10 for Chelsea.
“It is my favourite number and is one I am used to wearing for the national team, as well as the one worn by some of my heroes from when I was a kid, like Zinedine Zidane.
“I hope it brings me a lot of luck in the future and I look forward to the fans seeing me in it next season.”
Hazard aims to score more goals
Hazard produced a fine performance during Saturday's 4-2 victory over Swansea City and scored his first goal of the season in a 2-0 win over Leicester City last month.
The winger, who has also been identified as a potential long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo by Real Madrid, is keen to score goals on a more consistent basis.
He netted 17 goals in 49 appearances last season, but certainly possesses the quality to improve on that tally this term.