24th August, 2018
In spite of all the noise surrounding the possible departure of Chelsea star player, Eden Hazard, the manager of the Blues, Sarri is not about to allow that affect his work as he says he is sure that Eden Hazard will not only remain but will even likely start the next game against New Castle United.
As far as many are concerned, Hazard will remain a subject of speculation for as long as the vacuum left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit from Real Madrid is not filled.
The player is reported to have told his manager and team mates that he has no intention of leaving the Blues this season and the club has also reiterated again that the Belgium international will not be sold under any circumstances.
In the first two games played so far under Sarri, Hazard has had to come off the bench but that is as a result of fitness issues as far as the coach is concerned. The player might just be on his way to starting the next game which comes up against Newcastle United in an away fixture on Sunday.
When asked about this possibility, the Chelsea manager had this to say:
“I don’t know. I think that Eden is ready for 50-60 minutes maybe not for 90 minutes but he can start,” Sarri told reporters.
“Maybe [he wants to start] but I think it’s more important my mind. I am happy with him, he wants to play. I think it’s the right way to think for him, but I have to think for everybody.
“I think I am the coach of a very good team, a very great club, so I think it’s so important for him to not be sold without the possibility to buy another important player of the same level, so I think Eden will stay with us for all the season.”
Eden is not the only one with this possibility as Sarri is also considering Mateo Kovacic, who has joined the club on loan from Real Madrid, for a start against Newcastle.
As far as Sarri is concerned, “Mateo and Eden played very well in the last 30 minutes [against Arsenal] but I think also that in that moment the intensity of the match was going down. But I think like Eden it’s possible for him to play for 60-65 minutes.”
As far as a permanent deal for Kovacic is concerned, Sarri said: “I think now it is very difficult to say, I like him very much so I hope that he will remain here in the future.”
Kovacic’s arrival has of course affected the fortunes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek as he slipped down the pecking order but Sarri plans to keep the England midfielder at the club rather than loaning him out elsewhere.
“I decided to put two wingers and only one midfielder on the bench,” Sarri said of his squad against Arsenal.
“I have spoken with him twice this week after I spoke with the club, so I think that he will remain with us. We can speak again about his situation but I think only in December.”