Boss says Hazard is going nowhere ‘this season’, but admits he will talk with Loftus-Cheek about his role again in January
Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard will definitely be STAYING at Stamford Bridge this season, manager Maurizio Sarri has vowed.
The Blues boss also said England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is going nowhere this summer, but hinted he could end up leaving in January instead.
Hazard and Loftus-Cheek are STAYING at ChelseaSarri had great news for Chelsea fans on Friday.
Belgian ace Hazard has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid, who are still searching for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo following his move to Juventus.
With the transfer window in Spain still open until August 31, there is still a chance the European Champions will try to tempt Hazard away from the Blues.
But Sarri has insisted his talisman will not be sold, as he cannot bring in a replacement after the transfer window shut early for Premier League teams.
The boss also revealed Hazard is in line to make his first start of the season on Sunday, when Chelsea travel to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle United.
“I think Eden is ready for 50 or 60 minutes, I don’t know for 90 minutes, but he can start,” said Sarri of Hazard, who has made two substitute appearances for Chelsea this season.
“I am the coach of a very good team, a very great club, and so I think with such an important player I cannot sell without the possibility to buy another player at the same level.
“So I think Eden will stay with us for the whole season.”
The long-term futures of England duo Loftus-Cheek and Gary Cahill remain unclear, although Sarri revealed he has held talks with both.
Midfielder Loftus-Cheek was left out of the squad against Arsenal last weekend, prompting rumours he could look to leave before the European transfer window closes.
But Sarri has revealed will also keep the England international at Stamford Bridge at least until the next transfer window opens.
“It was only a decision about the positions I chose to put on the bench to win,” Sarri added.
“I have spoken with him twice this week, after I spoke to the club, so I think that Loftus-Cheek will remain with us. We can speak again about his situation, but only in December.”
Centre-half Cahill has yet to figure in the squad this season, and it looks as though he might struggle to find a place in Sarri’s back four.
There are even reports emanating from Turkey that the 32-year-old is a target for Galatasaray.
But Sarri said: “With Cahill I think at this moment for a defender it’s more difficult to play in my team after only 20 days of training.
“It’s easier for an offensive player, but for a defender it’s more difficult so at this moment he needs to have much more training with us.
“I told him that he needs to be patient now but that he is very important for us.”