Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has issued a tongue-in-cheek response to a question over Eden Hazard’s future.
The revered Portuguese coach claims the only reason Hazard has not yet signed a contact extension with the Blues is because they require a nice enough pen to sign the deal with.
Mourinho reassured Chelsea fans that there is nothing to be concerned about, despite the fact Hazard has been in negotiations with the west London outfit over a contract extension for months now.
Mourinho: I need a nice pen!
"I am buying a nice pen," Mourinho was quoted as saying by the Daily Star. "I need a bit of time to go to Sloane Street and buy a proper pen.
"I just need time to buy the pen and after that I think there is not a long time to go!"
Hazard wants big money
It was revealed in the Daily Express last week that Chelsea are growing increasingly concerned with the Belgium international’s wage demands, leading negotiations to stall.
The 24-year-old reportedly wants parity with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney - all of whom are earning well in excess of £200,000-a-week.
Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas are currently Chelsea’s highest earners - both are understood to be earning £200,000-a-week - but Hazard is eyeing a deal to become the best-paid player at Stamford Bridge.
Real Madrid interest
Real Madrid have been linked with Hazard in recent months; the Spanish giants are reportedly ready to swoop if Chelsea fail to strike an agreement with the world-class attacking winger.
Los Blancos might regard Hazard as a potential long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, whose performances have taken a nose-dive since he secured his third Ballon d’Or award last month.
Ronaldo turned 30 last week and Real Madrid may feel this summer is their final opportunity to make a profit on the Portugal international who arrived from Manchester United for a world-record £80 million fee in the summer of 2009.
Hazard continues to improve
Hazard continues to improve and will play a major role in any success that Chelsea enjoy this season.
The former Lille star has scored 14 goals in 35 appearances this season, as Chelsea sit seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
The Blues are also safely through to Capital One Cup final, where they will face Tottenham next month, as well as the Champions League knockout stages.
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