Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, has claimed that Eden Hazard was the one delaying on signing a new deal with the club.
Hazard is weighing up his options with less than two years left on his current deal, as the Belgian harbours serious ambitions to play for Real Madrid.
Chelsea blocked Hazard’s exit during the summer and Sarri is keen to keep hold of his most influential player.
Hazard has been in talks with Chelsea over a new deal for several months and Sarri revealed the club are on stand-by as the forward continues to deliberate.
“It’s up to him.
“The club is available to sign a new contract immediately but it’s up to him if he wants to renew,” Sarri said ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Wolves on Wednesday night.
Europa League: Hazard, Kante, 4 others will miss next match
Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, has provided update on his team ahead of their Europa League clash with MOL Vidi on Thursday.
Sarri said Victor Moses, Cahill, Kovacic will not be in the squad due to injury.
He also said that goalkeeper Kepa, Rudigar, Azpilicueta, Kante and Hazard will be rested.
Sarri said this in a prematch press conference on Wednesday evening ahead of the game.
He said, “The last match was really very difficult, because they defended very well, very low in density. It was very difficult for us to score.
“Maybe tomorrow will be a very different match because they are fighting for qualification.
“I think they need to win tomorrow. So maybe the match will be really very different.
“I don’t know the starting XI for tomorrow. I can tell you that I decided that the players who played for three matches in six days in the last week have to rest in this match and so I am talking about Kepa, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante and Hazard.
“Then we have three injuries. Kovacic, Cahill and Moses. All the other players are here, of course.”
Suarez to replace Fabregas at Chelsea
AC Milan are keen to sign Fabregas in January and the Blues have looked at Barca’s disgruntled Suarez.
Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri does not want the 31-year-old to go, but the Spaniard wants more football than he is getting at the moment.
Sarri has told the club’s board that he does not want Fabregas to go until a direct replacement has been sorted out as he is his only true cover for Jorginho.
However, Fabregas has made only four Premier League appearances this season, starting only in the recent defeat away to Wolves.
Suarez wants to leave Barcelona after making only one substitute appearance in La Liga this season, and would cost around £15million.
The Blues value Fabregas at around £11m.
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