Jose Mourinho has claimed he was never worried about Eden Hazard's contract talks with Chelsea and has said it is only a matter of time before a deal is confirmed.
Hazard has been in talks with Stamford Bridge officials since the summer over a new long-term contract. The new five-year deal is set to increase his wage to a massive £200,000-a-week and keep him in west London until 2019.
The pay rise has come as a result of the Belgium international's terrific form, which was good enough to see him voted the PFA Young Player of the Year last season. That form also caught the attention of Real Madrid and PSG, who were being linked with £70 million move.
"Everything was very clear about their intentions and their happiness to stay at Chelsea"
Mourinho has claimed that despite interest from abroad, Hazard always made his intentions to stay at Chelsea clear. As a result, Mourinho says he was never concerned that the two parties wouldn't find an agreement.
Asked if Hazard would sign a new contract, Mourinho told reporters: He will. He will. I was never worried about it, since the moment I met his father. Everything was very clear about their intentions and their happiness to stay at Chelsea.
A numbers game
"After that, it becomes a numbers situation. When it becomes a number situation I'm more than happy to be out, but my club always told me that the situation would finish with a new contract. So I was never worried about that."
Once a deal is signed, the 23-year-old will set about reaching his massive potential. Plenty of pundits have tipped Hazard to win the Ballon d'Or in the future even if he has to wait for Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to hang up their boots.
"I don't know players who are considered legends in clubs without winning titles"
For the Chelsea boss, Hazard has at least got the potential to become a club legend. However, Mourinho says the Belgian will have to get major titles under his belt to be mentioned in the same sentence as Didier Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard.
"I think he can become one of Chelsea's all-time greats," Mourinho said. "He needs to win titles, because titles make players historic.
"I don't know players who are considered legends in clubs without winning titles. He has to do that. But the potential everybody knows."
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