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Eden Hazard climbs list of Premier League's top earning players

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With the news that Eden Hazard has signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal worth a reported £200,000-a-week, the wages of Premier League players will once again come under heavy scrutiny. 

The announcement of Hazard's new contract comes after the Premier League confirmed on Tuesday that their new TV rights deal would be worth £5.14 billion over three years. Clubs are going to be richer than ever, meaning the astronomical wages are only going to ascend once again.

But just who are the highest paid players in the league?

10. MESUT OZIL (ARSENAL) £180,000-a-week

Arsenal shattered their transfer in 2013 to snap up the German. Despite costing the Gunners £42.5million, Ozil only picks up a relatively paltry £180,000-a-week compared to the very top earners.

Mind you, some of his performances this season mean three zeroes could be knocked off that figure and he couldn't complain.

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9. DIEGO COSTA (CHELSEA) £185,000-a-week

Costa has been in blistering form since his move from Atletico Madrid in the summer of last year.

When he is not busy kicking opponents behind the officials backs, he is trousering £185,000-a-week. Chelsea will want to make sure his current three game ban is his last at rates like that. 

=6 EDEN HAZARD (CHELSEA) £200,000-a-week

Three players in the Premier League earn £200,000 every seven days and arguably Hazard is the pick of the bunch.

Hazard's new contract, which sees him jump a couple of places, will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2020, news that will delight all Blues fans.

The Belgian's explosive pace makes him a real menace but there is far more to his game than speed. His movement is first class, he has an eye for goal and can pick a killer pass from great distances.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi aside, you will struggle to name a better player than Hazard at this moment in time. 

=6 CESC FABREGAS (CHELSEA) £200,000-a-week

Fabregas has been a revelation for the league leaders this season. He has been at the centre of everything Chelsea do.

He is undoubtedly the assist king of the league and helps brings balance and stability to a midfield that has had it's problems in recent seasons.

=6. ANGEL DI MARIA (MANCHESTER UNITED) £200,000-a-week

Di Maria arrived under a huge amount of fanfare in the summer of 2014 after United their transfer record and paid £59.5million for the Argentine's services.

With a transfer fee that high, he was never going to earn £25,000 a week, was he?

5. SERGIO AGUERO (MANCHESTER CITY) £225,000-a-week

No City fan will ever forget Aguero's contribution to the club. His 94th minute winner against QPR in 2012 brought the Citizens their first Premier League title and a shift in power to the blue half of Manchester.

For that, Aguero could probably demand whatever he fancied wage wise and the Sheikhs would more than likely cough it up. For now, he's content with just under a quarter of a million quid a week. 

4. YAYA TOURE (MANCHESTER CITY) £240,000-a-week

Once the highest-paid player in the league, Toure is now fourth on the list. Signed in 2010, Toure has been a revelation in the City midfield.

He signed a new contract in 2013 as he looked to boost his wages but went in a sulk when the club forgot his birthday last summer and he didn't receive a cake. At £240,000 a week he can probably afford to buy one himself. 

3. ROBIN VAN PERSIE (MANCHESTER UNITED) £250,000-a-week

When Van Persie signed for United from Arsenal in 2012 he said the little boy inside him was screaming for the Red Devils. Well the grown man inside his brain must have been screaming United as well when he saw what he's be receiving every week.

After a blistering first season in which he won the league title he was craving for things have deteriorated since and he has openly criticised himself this season for not scoring enough goals. 

2. RADAMEL FALCAO (MANCHESTER UNITED) £265,000-a-week

United have shelled out an absolute fortune on the Colombian and they still don't even own him. That will cost another £43million.

By the end of the season Falcao will have cost United £24million in loan fees and wages. Which is all well and good if he was any good.

But four goals in 18 appearances is a miserly return when a club has invested so much for your services. Unless the ex-Porto man finds his shooting boots very soon he will be given a single ticket to Monaco and back on the lookout for another club to fleece dry. 

1. WAYNE ROONEY (MANCHESTER UNITED) £300,000-a-week

When Wayne Rooney told Sir Alex Ferguson that he wanted to leave Manchester United back in 2010 the whole saga was played out in front of the world. Many believed it was a cynical ploy by Rooney's advisors just to earn more money. Whatever the case, Rooney citied a lack of ambition as the reason he wanted to depart.

A new contract arrived on that occasion and, three years later, the same thing happened again. This time it was worth a staggering £300,000-a-week.

He has been one of United's best assets since he joined in 2004 and continues to be so today, despite current manager Louis Van Gaal dropping him back into a midfield role in recent weeks.

The United and England captain leads from the front whenever he plays and has the honour of being the highest-paid player in the Premier League.

The majority of these figures come courtesy of talkSPORT. Thanks, guys.

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