Eden Hazard: Chelsea ready to agree bumper new contract ‘immediately’ – Maurizio Sarri

CHELSEA boss Maurizio Sarri insists the club are ready to hand Eden Hazard a bumper new deal “immediately”.

Belgium international Hazard, who said he is torn over a new deal or a “dream” move to Real Madrid, has a contract until June 2020.

The 27-year-old has made no secret of his desire to move to the European champions but also has stated his love for the Blues.

Hazard said earlier this season he would not be leaving the club in January, and Sarri says negotiations are ongoing.

Hazard has been in talks with Chelsea over a new deal for several months, and Sarri revealed the club are on stand-by as the forward continues to deliberate over a £300,000-a-week deal.

Sarri said: “You know very well Eden is very important for us, like every special player. He’s important for this club.

“It’s up to him, I think.

“The club is available to sign a new contract immediately, but it’s up to him if he wants to renew or not. I don’t know.

“But it’s up to him, for sure. I want Eden here, of course, but I want him here if he wants to stay. I know very well there are ­discussions between the club and the manager of Eden every week, so if there is something new, the club will call me immediately.”

Chelsea secured the future of another one of their key men ­on Tuesday when Cesar Azpilicueta committed his future until 2022.

Sarri also wants Chelsea to rethink their policy on players aged over 30 so he can keep defender David Luiz and midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Hazard is available for selection against Wolves on Wednesday after shaking off an ankle injury that kept him sidelined last week.

Chelsea beat Fulham 2-0 on Sunday, with the forward making his comeback from injury and chipping in with an assist.

Sarri’s side have ground to make up in the Premier League table, with Manchester City ten points ahead of the Blues after beating Watford on Tuesday.

Second-place Liverpool have also opened up a gap between them and Chelsea, with five points now separating second and third.

Contrary to the comments made by the majority of other Premier League bosses regarding a busy winter schedule, Sarri sees the packed period as an opportunity rather than a problem – though he concedes he will not have time to walk his dog.

“Oh, I have a friend here from Florence [who is staying with me], so I have no problems with my dog!

“It’s a difficult period. We have seven Premier League matches but we should see this period as an opportunity, not as a problem. It’s a chance to gain points.

“When I was in Serie B in Italy we played three matches – 22, 27, 31 December I think – and it was fantastic. The atmosphere in the stadiums was really good.

“I like very much to play over that period. Of course, it’s difficult because we have to play 22, 26, 30, January 2 and 5, so not so easy. But I’m looking forward to it.”

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