Eden Hazard signs new contract with Chelsea

Belgian star Eden Hazard on Thursday signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with English Premier League leaders Chelsea. He joined the London-based club for a reported £32m from Lille in 2012, and has since became an integral part of manager Jose Mourinho's side.

Eden Hazard signs new contract with Chelsea

New Delhi: Belgian star Eden Hazard on Thursday signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with English Premier League leaders Chelsea. He joined the London-based club for a reported £32m from Lille in 2012, and has since became an integral part of manager Jose Mourinho's side.

The 24-year-old has so far scored 13 times in 36 appearances this season helping Blues pose a realistic title challenge in England. Overall, Hazard has made a total 147 appearances for the Blues, scoring 43 times.

'I am very happy to sign a new contract with Chelsea. Since I came here in 2012 I have always felt good and the club has been very supportive to me,” the midfielder said.

Under the new agreement, Hazard will get £200,000-per-week at Stamford Bridge, where he will spend until 2020.

A delighted Hazard also hailed Mourinho for giving him opportunities to improve.

'The manager has helped me improve a lot, the fans have been fantastic and I have an amazing understanding with my team-mates,” he added.

Regarded as one of the best attacking midfielders, he was voted PFA Young Player of the Year last year. He also played vital role in Belgium's World Cup campaign in Brazil, where they reached the quarter-finals.

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