Eden Hazard is about to be rewarded by Chelsea with a new contract.
The Belgian has been one of the standout players for the Blues this season and an example of one of several world class players to grace the Premier League.
The new deal is reportedly going to be worth £200,000 per week to the Belgian, possibly running to the end of 2018 or 2019, but the same reports suggest the contract extension could be for the wrong reasons.
Sides circle around the best players like sharks and having already seen off interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea appear set to make the offer to the player after suggestions Real Madrid were interested in signing him.
The theory behind getting him to sign a new contract is apparently the hope that it will put sides off from making moves for Hazard or talking to his representatives.
“Chelsea are set to bump up Eden Hazard’s weekly pay packet to £200,000-a-week to stave off interest from Real Madrid. The La Liga giants are said to be plotting a move for Belgian ace Hazard, who signed for the Blues from Lille in 2012 for a cool £32million,” writes John Payne in the Metro.
Those comments suggest that the Blues are worried about the potential of losing the Belgian, triggering an offer as a sign to rivals rather than rewarding the player directly for his efforts this season and since he’s been at the club.
Giving a player a new contract to keep other sides away is a good tactic but it won’t stop the richest sides from still trying to do business.
Real Madrid have proved twice with the transfers of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale that they can draw on huge amounts of funds if they want to go after a player, regardless of that player’s profile or reputation.
It seems like the reported interest in him has triggered a deal that Chelsea would have offered at some point in the future anyway but the club need to make it clear it’s a reward for his performance rather than a tactic to stop him being sold.
Manchester United offered Wayne Rooney a new contract to stop him leaving and as long as Chelsea keep Hazard, it’s a positive.