Chelsea are confident that Eden Hazard will sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge, despite speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
This is according to Get West London, who understand that a contract extension is likely to be signed, even though talks have been ongoing since September.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho expected the deal to be wrapped up by October, but as January approaches the world-class Belgian winger has still not put pen to paper.
The west London outfit have offered Hazard a five-year deal worth £200,000-a-week - which would make him the highest earner at Stamford Bridge - and Mourinho believes the former Lille star has the opportunity to cement his status as a Blues' icon by staying with the club.
“You look at the age of the players... Drogba and John over 30. After that, below 30. Ivanovic is at that limit. All the other guys are very young," he told reporters.
“If they're happy to be here, like Oscar is showing with a new contract, like Eden is showing: he will sign a new contract sooner or later. They can basically be the Chelsea team for the next few years.”
Current deal expires in 2017
Hazard still has two-and-a-half years to run on his current contract, which expires in 2017, but the Blues are acutely aware that failure to tie him down to a long-term deal in the near future could leave them in a perilous position.
Widely regarded as a future Ballon d'Or winner, interest in Hazard will continue to grow the longer Chelsea allow this contractual situation to rumble on.
Hazard was strongly linked with PSG towards the end of last season following a high-profile falling out with Mourinho, while Real Madrid have reportedly earmarked the gifted winger as a potential future replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Teammate have signed deals
Chelsea are desperate to keep him in SW6, hence why they have offered him a deal worth a total of £52 million over five years, which would see him tied to Stamford Bridge until 2020.
Hazard, who has scored 35 goals in 128 appearances for Chelsea since arriving at the club in 2012, is currently playing some of the most scintillating football of his career - but will he follow in the footsteps of teammates Thibaut Courtois and Oscar by signing a new lucrative contract?