Jose Mourinho eager for Eden Hazard to sign new Chelsea contract

Jose Mourinho and Branislav Ivanovic addressed the media ahead of Chelsea's clash with Schalke.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that Eden Hazard will sign a new contract with the club and believes he can one of the greatest players of his generation.

Reports have been circulating that the Belgian start wants to sign a new long-term deal at the club and the Chelsea boss said it will be a matter of time before an agreement is reached.

Speaking at the press conference ahead of the opening Champions League game against Schalke, Mourinho said he has seen a lot of improvement in the player and that the Belgian believes he's in the perfect environment at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho said: "He means a lot because he's a fantastic player.

"We have big hopes that he will go from a top player he is at this moment and reach higher levels and becomes one of the best. He is a player we want to keep."

The Chelsea manager said he has the ambition to win the competition for a third time - and become the first manager to win it with three different clubs, but stressed it's important for his side's development to get through the group stages.

He added: "Obviously I have the ambition to win it again but at this moment I think 'don't play Europa League' I want the team to succeed group stage

"We are far from perfection, we try to improve every day. Obviously there was an evolution from last year to this year, the side has better conditions to play in."

Alongside Mourinho was Branislav Ivanovic who was asked questions about the motivation of trying to win the competition again, after he missed the final in Chelsea's triumphant 2012 campaign, but he said it meant more for the side to win than for him to take part in the final.

The defender said: "I think it's a special feeling for all of us and we are ready and excited about the Champions League starting again.

"I'd always change the final for the gold [winners] medal. So it was better than if I played the final and we lost."

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