Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas has warned Maurizio Sarri it may be harder to keep hold of Eden Hazard next summer.
He told the Evening Standard: “It was an easy decision, especially now, because at this stage how much can Eden cost? Not many teams in the world can buy Eden Hazard.
“He still had two years left on his contract.
“Next year if he has one year left, that’s a different story. You don’t have as much power as a club. Eden is one of the best players in the world.
“But having two years left, especially how the market is, it’s basically impossible to sign him up.
“I don’t think it was that hard from the club.”
Ryan Giggs thinks Chelsea could join Liverpool and Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title this season.
He told Sky Sports: “It looks like a case of Manchester City v Liverpool for the title, although you can’t dismiss Chelsea because they’re playing well.
“Remember just two years ago they were the champions and they’ve got players in that dressing room who know what it takes – Liverpool haven’t got that, but you’ve got to start somewhere and Liverpool have been impressive.
“As for Man City, I watched them against Lyon and you think something might be wrong and then they go and put on a show against Cardiff.
“So I’d say it was between those two but you can’t discount Chelsea.
“I’d still just give Manchester City the edge purely because Pep Guardiola usually wins second season after winning the league and they’ve got players who’ve been there and done it.”
Hazard is set to start against Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.
Sarri did start some regulars at Anfield in the Carabao Cup win, but the likes of Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcos Alonso and Jorginho are set to come back in at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Rudiger is a doubt having picked up a slight groin injury against West Ham last week, but the Germany international is still likely to start alongside David Luiz.
Chelsea predicted line-up (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Hazard, Giroud.