Chelsea fans are seemingly able to now breathe a sigh of relief over the immediate future of star playmaker Eden Hazard, with the manager claiming that the World Cup third-place finisher will be with the Blues for the remainder of the season (at least).
In quotes carried by the Metro, Chelsea’s Italian manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted that he was indeed concerned about the Belgian’s future at Stamford Bridge but that worry lasted just 20 days;
“I was concerned about this problem.”
“But the first time I spoke to him, I was sure he would stay. So I was concerned for 20 days, no more. Hazard, technically, is really one of the best in Europe in this moment. He has to work from the physical point of view, of course.”
“I have spoken to him very often in the last 10 days but he has never said to me anything about [leaving]. So I am sure Eden will be with us for this season.”
“Why am I sure? Because Chelsea are one of the most important clubs in Europe. I think one of the most important clubs in Europe cannot sell an important player without the possibility of buying a player on the same level.”
It was a long held belief that Eden Hazard would depart the club with a lack of Champions League football, and the long-dragged out departure of Antonio Conte as manager. However, it seems that the Maurizio Sarri is cool and confident about keeping him in the final days of the transfer window in Spain – which closes on August 31st.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit was expected to usher in the Eden Hazard-era at the European champions, but no bid has materialised. Blues fans perhaps would have been more worried had former boss Zinedine Zidane remained in-charge – a manager and former player that Hazard in the past admitted he would like to work with in the future.