Sarri tells Chelsea to sort out Hazard's future at Stamford Bridge

Sarri tells Chelsea to sort out Hazard's future at Stamford Bridge

- Sarri wants Chelsea to quickly attend to Hazard's future at the club

- The Belgian has been in impeccable form for the Blues this season

- Hazard had earlier said he will not discuss a new deal until next summer

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has told the club's chief to sort out Eden Hazard's future at Stamford Bridge as soon as possible.

The 27-year-old had earlier revealed during the week he is not ready to discuss a new deal with the club until the end of the season.

The Blues has offered the Belgian a contract well over £300,000 a week but Hazard is waiting on Real Madrid to make a recording breaking bid to sign him.

Hazard this week revealed he is willing to wait until the end of the season before deciding whether or not to sign a new Chelsea contract worth well over £300,000 a week.

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On the subject of what he believes Hazard will do, Sarri said: “I don’t know, but I think that it’s time to decide.”

When whether he will personally talk to the 27 year-old about his future, Sarri added: “No, because I don’t have the power to do this. I am the coach, I am not the president, I am not in charge of the market. I want to speak to him only about the position on the pitch. We have to solve this problem if we want to programme the future.”

Hazard has also put pressure on Chelsea he prefers to play on the wings rather than in the No.9 position where he has started the last four Premier League games.

However Sarri has suggested he will not be pressured into moving Hazard back to his favoured left side of the attack, saying: “I cannot see the problem of Hazard in this role: he played four matches and scored three goals and made two assists.

“I am happy with him in this role. I don’t know if he prefers to play as a winger, but if he is able to play like in the last match in the centre, for me it’s not a problem to put him in the centre.

“I think in this moment we need to be solid and with Hazard in this position I think we can become more solid. It’s a good option also in the defensive phase. It depends on the moment, maybe in the future we will be able to play with a striker and Hazard together.”

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Pressed on Hazard’s best position, Sarri added: “He is able to play as a winger, he is able to play in the centre of the pitch.

“I am really very happy with him in this position (in the centre), because he is very able to score, first of all, very able to open spaces for team-mates, very able to come to play with team-mates. At the moment, I am very happy with him in this position. In the future, he can play also as a winger of course.

“He is a great player, one of the most important in Chelsea history, so I was really confident he was able to score more.”

The ex-Napoli boss also confirmed Alvaro Morata will be available for Sunday’s trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace, but Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi have been ruled out injured.

“We have two problems,” said Sarri. “The first and most serious is with Pedro, has an injury in his hamstring. He will have to rest for about 10 days. The other one is Hudson-Odoi, not a very serious problem, but I don’t know if he will be able to play the next match.”

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Chelsea star man Eden Hazard has told Stamford Bridge faithfuls he wants to become a legend of the club.

His recent comments sounded as if he was ready to sign a new contract at Chelsea but he revealed he has no intention of discussing a new deal until next summer. ( -> We keep evolving to serve our readers better.

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