Eden Hazard magic is worth every penny to Chelsea

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Eden Hazard has been by far and away Chelsea's most consistent player over the past couple of years, and securing him to a new five-and-a-half year contract will turn out to be Jose Mourinho's best piece of business at Stamford Bridge yet.

The £200,000-a-week that the Belgium international will reportedly now earn in west London might look extravagant at first, but the form that he's shown over the past 24 months means that Hazard deserves to be among the Blues top earners.

And, as one of the most exciting young talents in the entire Premier League, the 24-year-old winger's impact in England's top-flight should be rewarded in line with the increasingly overinflated economy that is elite level professional football in this country.

With £57 million set to be pocketed by Hazard between now and the end of his deal in 2020, some people will understandably argue how the former Lille star has any chance of repaying the staggering investment that Chelsea have committed to making.

The answer, quite simply, is to carry on doing what he has been all season, working hard and continuing to listen to his Portuguese tactician, whose guidance has evidently helped Hazard take his game to another level.

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With 32 goals and 23 assists in 94 Premier League appearances so far, Hazard has played an integral role for Chelsea since joining the club from Ligue 1 in the summer of 2012. His influence has increased with each passing season, to the point where he is now probably Mourinho's most important player.

Despite the acquisition of a number of high-profile signings last summer, the Belgian remains the key attacking driving force in the star-studded line-up, reflected by the fact he's played the most minutes (2,207) of any Blues midfielder or striker this term.

Some of Hazard's individual statistics also lead the way when compared to his opponents right across the division, while his 112 successful take-ons in 2014/15 is unrivalled by any other player in any of the top five leagues in Europe.

Hazard has also completed 141 more passes in the final third of the pitch (714) than any other player in the Premier League this season, which highlights the constant attacking threat that he possesses in domestic games.

Carrying that ferocious form into the Champions League will go some way to improving Chelsea's chances of winning a second European Cup in three years, and you wouldn't bet against Hazard achieving that before his new Blues deal expires.

With nine goals and five assists in 25 league appearances this season - plus another two goals and two assists in five games in other competitions - he's already made a significant contribution towards Chelsea's ongoing charge for trophies on three different fronts.

The seven-point advantage that Mourinho's men have over reigning champions Manchester City already looks like being too much to claw back, meaning Hazard should get his hands on a first Premier League winner's medal in May.

He also has the Blues' Capital One Cup final showdown with Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley to look forward to on March 1, while participation in Europe's elite club competition sees a two-legged tie against Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16. 

It could turn out to be a very memorable 2015

The reigning PFA Young Player of the Year won the Europa League in his first season at Chelsea, but will be looking for more prestigious prizes after taking his game to a new level over the past two years.

Scarily there is still room for improvement because Hazard is still very young, and now with his long-term future sorted in west London he has the platform to become one of the world's best.

As the first high-profile star to commit himself to the Premier League since Sky Sports announced their £5.136 billion TV rights deal earlier this week, don't be surprised to see other household names signing similarly substantial deals over the coming months.

Given that Chelsea's status in the most affluent league in world football, paying out for Hazard's services makes perfect sense, and is a completely no risk strategy.

Chelsea fans: Do you think Eden Hazard is worth the money? Have your say on Jose Mourinho's best ever piece of Blues business in the comment box below...!

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