Hazard offered new deal to make him Prem’s top earner


Chelsea are confident Eden Hazard will sign a new contract which will make him the highest paid player in English football.

Hazard, 26, has been offered a £300,000 a week deal and an extension to his current deal which expires in 2020, according to widespread reports.

The deal will surpass the contract of Paul Pogba’s at Man Utd and will replace the £220,000-a-week contract the playmaker is currently on at Stamford Bridge.

Real Madrid are understood to have been tracking the Belgium midfielder for the last few years and Chelsea are keen to tie down their prized asset.

Chelsea face Atletico Madrid in Spain tonight and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is aware that now is the time for Hazard to step up in the Champions League.

“I think last season Eden played a really important season, played very well and was very important for us in winning the Premier League,” said Conte. “Last season, he showed in every game great talent, to be a really good player. A top player.

“I think this competition is very important for him, but I think it’s important for the team, too. This competition brings you to another level.

“I think Eden has all the possibilities to do this. He’s a really top player. Now he’s totally fit and in contention for the game. I think it’s the right moment.”