The stats that justify Eden Hazard's new £200,000-a-week Chelsea deal

Eden Hazard Dribbling

According to reports, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed the club are in talks over a new contract for attacking-midfielder Eden Hazard.

Since his move to Stamford Bridge from Lille two seasons ago, Hazard has been one of the Premier League's stand-out performers.

While his current deal does not expire until 2017, the Chelsea hierarchy are said to have offered him a new five-year contract in order to warn off any potential suitors, and understandably so.

He was named the club’s player of the year at the end of last season - despite a period of uncertainty, in which he found himself criticised by Jose Mourinho - and was consequently awarded the number 10 shirt, previously worn by Juan Mata, at the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

With a new deal worth £200,000-a-week in the offing, effectively doubling his current pay-packet, he would become the highest paid player at Chelsea. This only goes to highlight the 23-year-old's growing importance to the club.

Here are four statistics that mark the Belgian youngster's fantastic ability:

Creativity - Throughout the 2012/13 season, he created more goal scoring opportunities than any other Premier League player. Having fashioned 92 key passes in total, his efforts outweighed those of PFA Player of the Year Luis Suarez, Manchester City's Samir Nasri and David Silva, plus former Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil.

Dribbling ability - During the same period he also completed the most take ons of any player in the English top flight, with 132 successful dribbles to his name. This saw him finish the season as the fifth most prolific player amongst Europe’s elite. This term he tops the continent's rankings, having beaten an opponent on 25 occasions.

Efficiency - Hazard has gone on to hit the back of the net 34 times in 114 appearances during his two-year spell at Stamford Bridge, while he has assisted or scored an impressive 46 goals (23:23) in just 69 Premier league matches. This term, the youngster has hit the target from 80% of his total attempts, while converting 20% of his chances. 

Quality in possession - The current campaign has seen the Belgian international record 288 touches, yet he has been dispossessed by an opponent on just seven occasions. He has also completed an impressive 91% of his total passes (193), 126 of which have come in the final third of the pitch. 

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