Europa League: Hazard can go to Real Madrid if he wants - Sarri

Europa League: Hazard can go to Real Madrid if he wants - Sarri

Europa League: Hazard can go to Real Madrid if he wants - Sarri

The fact also that his hero Zinedine Zidane has returned to Real Madrid as manager has suddenly brought another major factor into the Hazard equation.

Speaking in a news conference ahead of Chelsea's clash with Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League round of 16, Sarri insisted he is not dwelling on the uncertainty surrounding Hazard's future but reiterated that he will respect the Belgian's decision. At the moment I haven't spoken to him about Zidane, so I don't know. I am not anxious. "Like Chelsea fans, we are afraid that he might leave, I still believe that he will stay and we really want him to stay".

Should Bayern opt against making James' stay permanent, reports the Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, Madrid will seek to raise transfer funds by finding another buyer - and slapping a higher price tag on the 27-year-old.

Hazard was included in Chelsea's 21-man travelling party to Ukraine despite playing the full 90 minutes in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Wolves at Stamford Bridge, but Sarri confirmed that striker Gonzalo Higuain has has been left in London.

Zinedine Zidane will take charge of a Real Madrid match for the first time since the 2018 Champions League final when Celta Vigo visit the Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon.

What that decision is, we don't yet know, but the fact that the brilliant Belgian has still to sign the £300,000 a week contract Chelsea offered him a year ago, and shows no sign of doing so soon, gives us a clue.

Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne has played under Maurizio Sarri at Napoli and could be the man.

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