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Hazard will only sign new contract if Chelsea qualify for Champions League — report

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Can Eden Hazard lead Chelsea back into the Champions League and himself to his own contract extension?

If you were hoping that Eden Hazard would sort out his contract situation sooner rather than later, you might have to put those celebratory bottles of champagne back on ice for a while.

According to the Times, the Chelsea captain-in-waiting isn’t ready to sign on the dotted line until Chelsea have assured him of a Champions League spot for next season, and that certainly will take most of the next nine months to do. Chelsea can either qualify by finishing in the top four or by winning the Europa League, but neither of those can happen before May by definition, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

Of course, the Times could be working off of old information — they bring up Hazard’s father’s quotes from January as supporting evidence, for example, and claim that no official contract offer has been tendered in the first place. But we do know that Sarri has been talking to Eden, and surely those conversation didn’t pass without someone mentioning something about a contract at least once. Hazard committing himself to Chelsea, just the other day, for this season but not beyond is also supporting evidence that’s being used.

The ironic part in all this is of course that Hazard himself will have great influence on whether Chelsea qualify for the Champions League or not.

So, what will it be, Eden?