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Maurizio Sarri tired of uncertainty over Eden Hazard’s future


Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has urged the board and Eden Hazard to thrash out his future once and for all and warned that the uncertainty threatens to undermine the club’s plans.

Hazard’s contract expires in the summer of 2020 and he has attracted long-standing interest from Real Madrid. Hazard said earlier this week he wished to become a Chelsea legend but later said he would be prepared to wait until the end of the season before making a decision over his future.


Chelsea are happy to pay Hazard in excess of £300,000 a week to stay at the club but the Belgian is biding his time. He wants Champions League football and to see progress from the club in the transfer market.

Sarri, however, wants the club to be able to plan for the future and that would require clarity over Hazard’s next step.

Asked if he will sit down with Hazard to discuss his future, Sarri said: ‘I don’t know but I think it is time to decide. I have not the power to do this. I am the coach. I am not the president and not in charge of the market.

‘I only speak to him about the position on the pitch. I think we have to solve the problem if we want to plan for the future. I think they need to start in this period.’

When it was suggested to Sarri that Chelsea are powerless if Hazard continues to prevaricate, Sarri said: ‘I don’t think so. The club can decide for him.’

Sarri was then asked if he was suggesting Hazard could be sold. ‘I don’t know,’ he said. ‘But I think it’s right that the club knows the future and has the chance to programme the future.’

Chelsea have no intention of selling Hazard next month but Sarri is growing frustrated by the contract stand-off. The Italian is also not prepared to pander to the 27-year-old over his position on the field.

Hazard has repeatedly expressed his desire to play on the wing rather than as a false nine, where he has operated in recent weeks, but Sarri insists the Belgian will continue in this role

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