Chelsea’s Haz­ard must de­cide over new con­tract: Sarri

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Bel­gian play­maker Eden Haz­ard must make up his mind whether he wishes to com­mit to Chelsea and ex­tend his con­tract worth a ru­moured £350,000 ($450,000) a week, the club’s man­ager Mau­r­izio Sarri said.

The 27-year-old — whose present deal runs till June 2020 — was linked with a move to Real Madrid after a stun­ning World Cup in which he in­spired Bel­gium to their best ever fin­ish of third. How­ever, Sarri said Chelsea’s of­fer was on the ta­ble and now the ball lay in Haz­ard’s court. Haz­ard, who joined Chelsea for £32mn from Ligue 1 out­fit Lille in 2012, has spo­ken of­ten about the dilemma he faces in re-sign­ing for the Blues or tak­ing his chances at Real. “The club is avail­able to sign a new con­tract im­me­di­ately, but it’s up to him if he wants to re­new or not,” said Sarri. “I want Eden here, of course, but I want him here if he wants to stay here.”

The risk Chelsea run is if no con­tract ex­ten­sion is agreed by next sum­mer, Haz­ard may be sold or else the club would risk los­ing him for noth­ing at the end of the 2019-20 sea­son. “There are dis­cus­sions be­tween the club and the man­ager of Eden ev­ery week, I think, so if there is some­thing new, the club will call me im­me­di­ately.”

But apart from Haz­ard, Sarri also risks los­ing vet­er­ans David Luiz and Cesc Fab­re­gas. Their con­tracts are up at the end of the cam­paign and they are locked in a stand­off over the length of the new deals be­ing of­fered.

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