Chelsea are confident Eden Hazard will sign a new deal at the club that will make him the highest earner in English football.
The £300,000-a-week contract on the table will take the 26-year-old above Manchester United’s Paul Pogba in the pay stakes.
Hazard has not long come back into the Chelsea first-team after suffering a broken ankle.
He made his return in the 2-1 win over Leicester earlier this month after playing for his country in the international break.
And after helping Antonio Conte’s side smash six past Qarabag and after their 4-0 win over Stoke last weekend, the club want to recognise his status as one of the world’s top talents.
Real Madrid have reportedly been interested in Hazard, but Chelsea have been reluctant to entertain any talk of him leaving.
The deal will replace the £220,000-a-week contract the playmaker is currently on at Stamford Bridge.
Hazard joked that he does not like defending because it tires him out ahead of their match with Atleti.
He said: “You don’t need that. Don’t tell Conte, but you can write that it’s pointless.
“If you defend too much, you tire yourself out.
“If I’ve spent the whole game defending, forget about me being useful after the 60th minute, and I’m quite fit.
“There are people who are meant to defend, while others are there to attack. After that, it’s up to the manager.
“If that’s what he wants, you need to do it, otherwise you sit on the bench. I defend too. I don’t like it, but I have to with Antonio.”