Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri plans to respect whatever decision Eden Hazard makes on his future.
Now at the physical peak of his abilities, Hazard faces the most important call of his career and has refused to announce the outcome so far.
The 28-year-old could opt to stay at Chelsea, where he’s long since established himself as the star man, or he could head off to the unknown in Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Hazard has hinted on several occasions that his mind is set on a move to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer. While French newspaper L’Equipe recently claimed that a €112m deal is close to being sealed.
After Chelsea’s 0-0 draw at Leicester City in their Premier League finale on May 12, Hazard confirmed he’s made his decision and informed the club.
Speaking ahead of the Blues’ Europa League final against Arsenal next week, however, Sarri didn’t give anything away.
“I don’t know. As I said in every press conference, I want to respect his decision,” said Sarri, according to OneFootball.
“I hope that he will stay with us, but we need to be ready if he will decide something different. Also if I have spoken with him, I don’t want to say anything.”
When asked of Hazard would break into the Real squad, Sarri replied: “Hazard is good for every team, of course, but he’s really very good for us.”
Thanks to FIFA’s two-transfer window ban looming over them, Chelsea may not be able to sign a single player in the summer if their appeal is turned down.
Although they will still be able to welcome Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic after a €64m deal was agreed on in January.
“I spoke with him two or three months ago. Pulisic knows very well our team, our way of playing, his team-mates. So he’s ready to join the group,” said Sarri.
“As I said, I didn’t know that the deal was done when he signed for the club, but of course I’d told my opinion to the club before. My opinion was really very positive about Christian.
“Christian is a very young player, of course, but he is really very strong. So I’m really very happy. He has the possibility to improve more, so he could become a very important player for us.”