Chelsea are determined to ensure that Eden Hazard remains happy at Stamford Bridge and is not tempted by a move to Real Madrid.
The Spanish side have long been linked with a move for the Belgium star, though particularly moreso in recent weeks as they attempt to cope with the summer sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.
Hazard, meanwhile, has starred as Maurizio Sarri’s men have climbed to the top of the Premier League standings after eight matches, scoring seven times and creating a further three goals for team-mates.
As such, Blues chairman Bruce Buck has reiterated the club’s desire to keep hold of the former Lille star.
“We want him to stay and we will do what we have to do to entice him to stay,” Buck said, discussing the topic in Doha at the Financial Times Future of Football event.
“Every Chelsea fan in London and around the world loves Eden Hazard, and he’s not only a great footballer but I think he’s a wonderful lad.”
The position of the Stamford Bridge side is complicated by the fact that Hazard only has two years left to run on his contract, which could force the Blues into selling the 27-year-old next summer in order to avoid losing him for free in 2020.
“Let’s see how it goes between now and the end of the season,” Buck said, regarding the prospect of Hazard penning a new deal.
He joined Chelsea in 2012 for a fee of £31.5 million and has since amassed 310 appearances for the club, scoring 97 goals in the process. Among the honours he has lifted since moving to Stamford Bridge are two Premier League titles and an FA Cup.
Having scored seven times in his last six league outings, he is expected to be a key figure for Sarri’s side on Saturday, when they tackle Manchester United at home in the Premier League, attempting to maintain their position atop the standings.
The Red Devils are a side against which he has enjoyed a measure of success previously, netting five times in 13 previous matches. Only three times has he ended up on the losing side against the Old Trafford men.