CHELSEA manager Maurizio Sarri needs to use his man management skills to do all he can to keep star man Eden Hazard.
That’s the view of Sky Sports pundit Stuart Pearce, who says the former Napoli boss needs to make sure he is the happiest player at the club.
The Belgium international’s future at Stamford Bridge has been cast into doubt once more this week.
The 27-year-old courted a move to Real Madrid during the summer, before ultimately staying at the club and he has hit the ground running this season.
Hazard has scored seven Premier League goals in eight matches so far under Sari, with the team still unbeaten.
The Blues sit joint top of the table with Liverpool and Manchester City, and Hazard is leading the goalscoring charts ahead of strikers Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero.
But the rumours about his future will not cease, not least because Hazard continues to talk up a move away.
The forward has admitted that some days he wakes up wanting to stay at Chelsea, while other days he wants to go and play in La Liga for the Champions League winners.
Former England U21s manager Stuart Pearce believes Sarri needs to put an arm around Hazard’s shoulder and make him feel like the king of west London.
“For me it’s down to the man management skills of Sarri now to make sure he is the happiest player there because if he walks out of Chelsea’s dressing room it blows Chelsea out of the water,” Pearce said on Sky Sports’ The Debate show.
“He is the one player, the key player to Chelsea. If Manchester City come knocking, what would that do to Chelsea’s mentality, what would that do to Manchester City?
“We’re talking about him going to Real Madrid, but what if Manchester City or Liverpool came knocking and said they could pay him the money?”
Sarri has publicly stated that he thinks Hazard is capable of scoring 40 goals this term.
The forward, who joined Chelsea from Lille for a reported £32m in 2012 and has since scored 76 league goals, has two years remaining on his contract.
Since joining he has gone on to win two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and helped the Blues to the Europa League in 2013.
And without expecting too much this season, Chelsea fans are dreaming their club can launch a title title if Hazard continue to shine in attack.
It remains to be seen whether Sarri can persuade his star player to remain for the rest of the season, at least.