Just a day after Jose Mourinho claimed he was waiting to “buy a nice pen” before inking standout winger Eden Hazard to a new contract, the deal is complete.
Chelsea announced this morning that the 24-year-old Belgian has signed a new contract that will keep him under team control through the summer of 2020.
“I am very happy to sign a new contract with Chelsea,” Hazard said to the club’s official website. ‘Since I came here in 2012 I have always felt good and the club has been very supportive to me. The manager has helped me improve a lot, the fans have been fantastic and I have an amazing understanding with my team-mates. I always try to give pleasure to the supporters with my style of play and it is nice to know they appreciate my work. I hope we can repay that support by winning lots of trophies, beginning with the Capital One Cup at Wembley, and after that, we can push hard towards the end of the season.”
Hazard’s statistics from this current Premier League season are eye-popping, and watching him play certainly justifies what is on paper. The winger is the most fouled player in the Premier League this year, brought down a whopping 74 times in 25 matches this season. He’s also created a massive 67 chances for teammates this season, according to Squawka statistics.
The Belgian also proves to be a workhorse in the Chelsea attack. At a position that often sees players tire as the game wears on, Hazard has played in every single Premier League game for Chelsea this year, while going the full 90 minutes in 17 of his 25 appearances. As a result, he’s racked up 2,203 minutes out of a possible 2,250. He hasn’t been subbed off at all in 2015, and the last time he was brought off before stoppage time was way back in October.
Finally, he’s a wizard on the ball. Hazard has completed 112 take-ons in league play so far, a massive 36 more than anyone else, and still at a 63% clip. As a result, Jose Mourinho said Hazard “is already a top player and his evolution has been fantastic. He is still very young and he can become the best.”