12 May 2019

'We Need To Respect Hazard Decision'  (Sky Sports)

Eden HazardMaurizio Sarri says Chelsea need to "respect" whatever decision Eden Hazard has made about his future.

The Belgian, who started on the bench at Leicester, has been repeatedly linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent times and with one year left on his contract he could depart Stamford Bridge over the summer.

Sarri says he wants Hazard to stay but accepts the decision is out of his hands after their goalless draw at the King Power Stadium.

"We know for the fans [Hazard] is very important," Sarri said.

"We know Eden has played here in Chelsea for seven seasons; he tried in every match to do his best and now it is time to respect his decision. I hope he will remain with us."

After the match against Leicester, Hazard could be seen blowing kisses to the away fans after a cameo performance off the bench.

Chelsea still have to face Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku later in May but his appearance at Leicester could be his last in the Premier League.

"Eden today was tired, of course, he was on the bench," Sarri said.

"We tried to win the match with him for the last 25 minutes."

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