Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Chelsea are in advanced talks with Eden Hazard over a contract that will reportedly see him become the highest earner at the club.
The Evening Standard claimed the Blues are getting ready to announce the deal with Hazard in a deal worth £200,000-a-week. That figure would reportedly make the 23-year-old the highest paid player at Stamford Bridge and would be worth £50 million over the course of a five-year deal.
Mourinho went as far to say that the club were in talks with the player, but believes they will not be ready to confirm a deal until next month. He is, however, confident that an agreement will be reached.
He told reporters: "He is a player we want to keep. It's true Chelsea are trying to have an agreement with him over a new contract, and that he wants to stay. It's a question of time. One more month, he'll have a new contract."
Best of his generation
Hazard has become a vital player for Chelsea since joining from Lille in 2012 in a £32 million deal. He took home the PFA Player of the Year award last season to prove his worth. The fact that he was also awarded the Young Player of the Year award is testament to how good he can be.
For Mourinho, Hazard could not just be a world-class player, but one of the best in his generation. It is for this reason Chelsea have valued him so highly. He even went as far as to compare him to Real Madrid and France legend Zinedine Zidane.
Mourinho said: "Eden means a lot to us because he's a fantastic player. We are seeing day by day his motivation to work hard and improve.
We want that, because his talent allows him to go from being a top player to one of the greats of his generation."
On Hazard taking the No.10 shirt in the summer, Mourinho said: "Can he be another Zinedine Zidane? The first point to compare is the size!
"To have that ambition is good. I like that. I don't care about shirts and numbers. The players decide, they ask, they change. The ones with more years at the club obviously have the right to choose."
The praise is farflung from what Mourinho had to say about the Belgium international last season. The Chelsea boss was quick to criticise the player when the chips were down, questioning his work rate. With PSG and Real Madrid both reportedly interested, it was suggested that Mourinho could cash in on the star in the summer.
However, Mourinho has been impressed with Hazard's improvement since that initial criticism.
He said: "Even last season that was changing.
"It was a big evolution from the Hazard I met when I arrived. He was changing. He was a kid who always lived on his natural talent, which is amazing. But he started to have some tactical education, mental education.