Maurizio Sarri is hoping to make the job a tad more difficult for Real Madrid, as the manager revealed the Los Blancos will have to spend big to lure Eden away from the club.
Chelsea are back to third on the Premier League table, thanks to a brace of goals, including a sensational solo opener from Eden Hazard, and Maurizio Sarri says £100m Hazard, is too cheap.
“It’s too cheap,” Sarri told Sky Sports. “We have seen every price in the last few transfer windows. I think it’s very hard to change Hazard with another player.”
“I’m sure the club doesn’t want to sell him,” He added.
“But, of course, we all have to respect his decision. He’s in the last year of his contract [next season]. If he wants to have another experience, we’ll respect that.
“We’ll try, of course, in any way to convince him [to stay], but it’s not easy.”
Quizzed on whether Eden Hazard, had asked to leave the club, Sarri responded: “No, no. Not at the moment. He told me he has to decide.”
As Eden Hazard ruined Westham in Monday’s game, there were audible chants from the fans saying the Belgian was on his way to Real Madrid, and when quizzed on that, Eden Hazard replied:
“They are wrong. For now I am just focusing on Chelsea until the end of the season. I want to finish top four and [win the] Europa League, we still have a lot to do and then we will see.
“We are in good momentum, we have won three in a row. For the mentality, it is good to keep going. Top four and the Europa League is our target so we need to do well in both but we can do it.”
“I think we played well. The game was not easy because West Ham are a great team. They created a few problems for us. But we did everything. We created a lot and scored two great goals.”
Eden Hazard produced a man of the match performance to send Chelsea into the top three, and the Belgian has described it as “something special”, as he credited Lady luck for his finishing.
“It was something special,” added the Belgian. “I took the ball and then I tried to move forward. In the box it was hard for the defender to challenge me because if he touches me it could be a penalty.
“I was maybe a little lucky with the shot. I wanted to shoot quickly. When I saw the ball in the net I was just so happy. I am small so it is good when I play against tall players as it’s very hard for them to change direction.”