Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard have been crucial to Chelsea’s successes over the last few seasons and now the goalkeeper has indicated that his teammate signing may just be crucial to him staying on and vice versa.
Certified starters in the team, they have contributed massively to the club at their respective ends of the pitch during their time in London.
This season so far Courtois has kept eleven clean sheets while Hazard has netted six goals in the Premier League and a further three in the Champions League.
Both players are, of course, attractive prospects for other major clubs so tying them down to extended contracts will be necessary in the near future, particularly for Courtois whose deal expires next year.
However, discussing his future with the London Evening Standard, the Belgian stopper revealed a deal is not too far away before describing how close his relationship is with Hazard and how he could influence the 26-year-old when it comes to staying on.
“It has just turned the new year, so we will wait a few weeks and then sit around the table. I’m happy at Chelsea and a deal is close
“Has it been a distraction? Not for me. I’m just calm and relaxed because I’m tied to Chelsea. Despite the rumours and everything, I am focused on Chelsea and I’m happy here.
“Do Eden and I encourage each other to sign? Yes. He will say ‘if you sign, I will sign’ and I say the same to him!
“I think we are both happy at Chelsea, we both have a good part to play. We have been champions twice in the four seasons I have been here and can have our peak years together at Chelsea.”
For fans of the Pensioners this will come as fantastic news, with both being an integral part of the set-up at Stamford Bridge.
While this season has not gone exactly to plan with Manchester City running away with the Premier League, Chelsea still have plenty to play for with Norwich City to come in the FA Cup this weekend ahead of a two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final clash against Arsenal later this month. Their last 16 clash versus Barcelona is also nearing, with the first leg to come on February 20 in London.