Hazard’s deal expires in the summertime of 2020 and regardless of Chelsea’s greatest efforts, ongoing since their Premier League title win in 2017, he has determined towards extending his phrases.
Chelsea have supplied Hazard in extra of £300,000 every week and it’s unclear what extra they might have carried out however Sarri made it plain that he felt the state of affairs had gone on for too lengthy.
Hazard has made no secret of his want to in the future play for Actual Madrid.
“I feel that it’s time to determine,” Sarri mentioned.
“Will I sit down with him? No, as a result of I don’t have the ability to do that. I’m the coach, I’m not the president. I’m not accountable for the market. I need to communicate to him solely about his place on the pitch. We’ve to unravel this downside if we need to programme the longer term.”
Sarri, who described Hazard as “one of the crucial vital gamers in Chelsea historical past”, additionally grew exasperated when questioned about his choice to make use of the Belgian as a false 9 within the membership’s previous 4 league video games.
After the newest – the 2-1 win at Watford on Boxing Day – Hazard mentioned as soon as once more that he didn’t assume the false 9 was his greatest place and he wished to maneuver again to the left.
“I can not see the issue of Hazard on this position – he performed 4 matches [there] and scored three objectives and made two assists,” Sarri mentioned.
“I’m actually very pleased with him on this place as a result of he’s very in a position to rating, to start with; very in a position to open areas for teammates and really in a position to come to play with teammates.
“In the mean time I’m very pleased with him on this place. Sooner or later, he can play additionally as a winger, after all. I don’t know if he prefers to play as a winger but when he is ready to play like within the final match within the centre, for me it’s not an issue to place him within the centre.”
Sarri mentioned he left Álvaro Morata out of the squad at Watford for “tactical” causes – the striker had beforehand been unavailable due to a knee harm – and it stays to be seen whether or not he can be recalled for Sunday’s go to to Crystal Palace.
It sounded as if Sarri was able to stick with Hazard because the false 9.
“It is dependent upon the second,” Sarri mentioned.
“I feel at this second we should be strong, and with Hazard on this place, I feel we will develop into extra strong. It’s a great possibility additionally within the defensive section. It is dependent upon the second. Possibly sooner or later, we can play with a striker and Hazard collectively.”
Sarri reported that Pedro was out for 10 days with a hamstring downside and that Callum Hudson-Odoi was unlikely to function at Palace due to a much less critical hamstring situation.