Sarri: It’s time to resolve Hazard’s Chelsea future
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has urged the club to “solve the problem” of Eden Hazard’s future, amid speculation that the Belgian winger will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
Hazard, who has one-and-a-half years remaining according to his Chelsea deal, said he would not make a decision on his long-term future until the end of the campaign, which did nothing to stop persistent rumours linking him to Real Madrid.
Asked what he thought Hazard would do, Sarri told at the news conference on Friday: “I don’t know. I speak to him only about the position on the pitch. But I think that it’s time to decide.
“I think we have to solve the problem. If we want to plan the future, we have to solve this problem.”
Hazard boasts a hand in 19 Premier League goals this season, more than any other player. Though, while Hazard prefers to play on the wing, Sarri has used him in a central “false-nine” role during the last few matches and may do so again for Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace.
“I am really very happy with him in this position, because he’s very able to score, first of all, but he’s very able to open spaces for the team mates, to come and play with the team mates.
“But in the future he can also play as a winger of course,” says the boss.
REUTERS/Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Christian Radnedge