Hazard signs long-term Chelsea deal

Eden Hazard has signed a long-term contract with Premier League leaders Chelsea, BBC Sport has reported, committing his future to the club until the summer of 2020.

Hazard, who has been at Stamford Bridge since a summer 2012 move from Lille, thanked the club and current manager Jose Mourinho in comments made after news of his renewed terms were confirmed by the London club.

“Since I came here in 2012, I have always felt good and the club has been very supportive to me,” Hazard said. “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.

“I always try to give pleasure to the supporters with my style of play and it is nice to know they appreciate my work.”

Mourinho, meanwhile, predicted great things in the coming years for Hazard, while paying tribute to the Belgium international. “He is already a top player and his evolution has been fantastic,” the former Real Madrid manager acknowledged. “He is still very young and he can become the best.”

Hazard was brought to Chelsea when Roberto Di Matteo was in position as manager, having begun his career at Lille. The 24-year-old made almost 200 appearances for Les Dogues, scoring 50 times, debuting in the 2007-08 campaign and featuring in the first team on a regular basis before his move to English football. Hazard won Ligue 1 with the club in 2010-11, landing the French League Cup in the same year.

His first season at Chelsea saw success in the Europa League while to date, Hazard has played 147 times for the Blues, scoring 44 goals.

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