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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea ready 'immediately' with new contract for Eden Hazard

Belgian forward has an offer worth a reported worth £350,000 a week, although he has previously voiced his desire to join Real Madrid

Chelsea will hope Eden Hazard, left, follows Cesar Azpilicueta, right, in joining a new long-term contract with the club. EPA
Chelsea will hope Eden Hazard, left, follows Cesar Azpilicueta, right, in joining a new long-term contract with the club. EPA

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed the club are ready with a new contract for Eden Hazard, but it remains up to the Belgian forward if he wants to commit.

Hazard, 27, has been a key player for Chelsea since arriving from French side Lille in 2012, and n recent years has emerged as one of the finest players in the Premier League.

Hazard's current contract expires in 2020, which presents a dilemma for Chelsea if he does not agree to the new deal soon: the club will need to decide whether to sell their best player next summer while they can still command a substantial fee or risk losing him for nothing the following year.

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Hazard made his thoughts perfectly clear after helping Belgium to third place at the World Cup in Russia that he was torn between Chelsea and pursuing a "dream" move to Real Madrid.

However, Sarri said Chelsea's offer - reported to be worth £350,000 (Dh1.64m) a week - was on the table and now the ball lay in Hazard's court.

"The club is available to sign a new contract immediately, but it's up to him if he wants to renew or not," Sarri said. "I want Eden here, of course, but I want him here if he wants to stay here.

"I know very well that 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."

Spain international Cesar Azpilicueta, one of the longest-serving players at Chelsea, signed a new four-year contract on Tuesday, which if he completes will take him to 10-years at the club.

French World Cup-winning midfielder N'Golo Kante also recently committed his future to Chelsea, signing a five-year contract.

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.