Sarri wants Hazard's future to be sorted
Chelsea's board have been urged to end the uncertainty over Eden Hazard's long-term future by boss Maurizio Sarri.
Boss Sarri has admitted the Blues must "solve the problem" of Hazard stalling over a new deal, with the Belgian star's current contract expiring in 2020 and Real Madrid eagerly eyeing up Chelsea's prize asset.
Hazard passed a century of Chelsea goals in the 2-1 Boxing Day win at Watford, then claimed he will wait until the summer before deciding his long-term future.
Asked what Chelsea could do if Hazard continues to put off the decision on his Stamford Bridge status, Sarri replied: "The club can decide for him.
"I think it's right that the club knows the future, and has the chance to programme the future.
"I think that the club has to program the future. And I think that they need to start in this period.
"If we want to programme the future, we have to solve this problem."
Asked if Sarri could resolve the issue himself, the Italian boss continued: "No, because I do not have the power to do this.
"I am the coach. I am not the president; I am not in charge of the market, I am the coach.
"I want to speak to him only about the position on the pitch."
When asked if he was surprised the limbo around Hazard's future had dragged on so long, Sarri added: "Yes, I am surprised, but I don't know the past of course and so I am not able to say anything."
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