Chelsea news: Sarri makes bold Hazard claim, Jorginho slammed, Kovacic debut

Sarri gives Hazard update
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri reckons Eden Hazard will remain at the club beyond the European transfer window.

The Belgian has been the subject of major transfer speculation since the World Cup, with Real Madrid circling as they look to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.

Hazard added fuel to the fire after Belgium’s journey in the tournament came to an end, claiming he was unsure about his future in west London.

However, Sarri now firmly believes Hazard will still be a Chelsea player next month.

“I have spoken to him often in ten days, but he has never said anything about this,” he told reporters.

“I am sure Eden will be with us this season.”

Jorginho slammed
Chelsea star Jorginho has not got any qualities needed to be a top defensive midfielder, claims ESPN FC pundit Stewart Robson.

Jorginho joined Chelsea in the summer from Napoli for a fee of around £57million.

However, Robson, who often co-commentates on Serie A matches, says he has not seen anything from Jorginho’s time at Napoli to suggest he is good enough for Chelsea.

“I’m not a fan of Jorginho,” Robson said.

“I’ve seen him play for Napoli. Napoli were a good side and I looked at their team and when I’m picking out players, Jorginho would have been the eighth or ninth player I’d have picked out of their team as the most important player.

“I can’t see what Sarri sees in him quite as much.

“He’s not athletic, if you saw him play in the Community Shield he had an absolute shocker in that game, he was better against Huddersfield.

“But against the very best teams, I think people can run off of him.

“He’s not going to be a creative passer, he’s a passer who just passes it square and sideways, he just keeps things moving.

“I don’t think he’s a good defensive player, I don’t think he’s a good player in that holding midfield role.”

Kovacic update
Maurizio Sarri says Mateo Kovacic is set to play a part against Arsenal tomorrow evening.

The Blues host the Gunners in the Premier League’s late kick-off – and Real Madrid loanee Kovacic could feature at Stamford Bridge.

“I think Mateo will be very useful for us. He’s a very technical player,” Sarri said.

“In this moment, he has to work. I think he’s not ready now for 90 minutes, but maybe, tomorrow, for the first 30 or the last 30 minutes he could be used.

“I expect a lot from him because, for me, he’s a very great player. In my opinion, he can improve more.

“I think he can play in any of the three positions in midfield. He’s a very good offensive player, but he has improved in the defensive phase in the last two years in Madrid.”

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