Jose Mourinho explains why Eden Hazard has not signed new Chelsea deal yet

The Portuguese manager joked that the delay was down to a need for a nice new pen.

Chelsea are currently trying to tie down one of their star players to a new and improved long-term contract. The player in question is Eden Hazard. The Belgian attacker has been exceptional for the club this season, which has apparently not gone unnoticed.

In December both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain were linked with an interest in the player by The Express.

In the same month the BBC reported that Hazard was all set to sign a new deal. They reported that he would be signing a five-year deal with a weekly wage of around £200,000-a-week, putting him among the top earners in world football.

But it is two months down the line and, as yet, Hazard has not signed any such deal. So what is taking so long?

Mourinho has now explained why the midfielder has not signed a new deal yet, with his tongue firmly in his cheek. He told the official Chelsea website that all that was needed for Hazard's new deal to be signed, was a nice new pen:

"I am buying a nice pen. I need a bit of time to go to Sloane Street and buy a proper pen. I just need time to buy the pen and after that I think there is not a long time to go!"

Of course Mourinho was joking and simply signifying that there are no untoward circumstances behind the lack of a signature, simply put, the deal is just a case of pen-to-paper.

Hazard's record in Premier League this season

  PositionTeamGoal AssistGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Eden Hazard MF Chelsea 5 9 24 2,117

Chelsea fans will certainly hope so. Hazard has been excellent for the club this season. He has scored 13 goals in all competitions and maintained his place as a mainstay of the Chelsea team, already featuring in 38 games for the club this season.

Mourinho might want to make that shopping trip to Sloane Square quick-sharp.

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