Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted it will be “difficult” for the club to keep Eden Hazard this summer but insists the Belgian is worth more than £100m.
Hazard, who put on a stunning display in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over West Ham United on Monday night, has been linked with a £100m summer move to Real Madrid.
Is Hazard worth more than £100m? Five key things to know…
- Hazard is having an exceptional season for Chelsea, scoring 19 goals and providing 12 assists so far this term.
- The former Lille forward scored two goals, including a spectacular solo strike, against West Ham on Monday.
- Only three players have been bought for over £100m to date: Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Philippe Coutinho.
- Hazard has just one year remaining on his Chelsea contract, which usually sees a player’s valuation drop.
- But the 28-year-old’s recent displays could give Chelsea a bargaining chip if Real Madrid make an approach this summer.
After yet another magical display from Hazard at Stamford Bridge, Sarri was asked about the rumours linking Chelsea’s star man with a move to the Bernabeu.
The Blues boss confessed he may not be able to stop a transfer but suggested £100m won’t be enough to get Hazard.
“[£100m] is too cheap, in this market it’s too cheap,” Sarri told Sky Sports. “We have seen in the last market window every price I think. So I think it is really very hard to change Hazard with another player.”
He added: “I cannot do anything [to keep him], because the club agrees with me, but if Eden wants to make another experience, it is very difficult to keep him, I think.
“[We will try to persuade him] that we are trying to improve, to become one of the best teams in England, and as a consequence in Europe, but I think I have to respect his decision.”
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Hazard refuses to talk about future
Hazard has dropped a number of hints his future lies away from Stamford Bridge in recent months after rumours of Madrid’s interest began to surface during the World Cup.
The West Ham supporters sang “He’s off to Madrid” during Monday’s game, but Hazard refused to talk about his future when asked about the chants after the match.
Hazard said: “They are wrong. I’m just focused with Chelsea until the end of the season. I just want to finish in the top four and win the Europa League. We still have a lot to do, and then we will see.
“Now we are in a good momentum. We’ve won three in a row and for the mentality it’s good to keep going like that. Top four is our target, winning the Europa League is our challenge, so we have to keep fighting on both fronts. We can do it.”