Sarri announces he expected Chelsea exit and Luiz reveals who will replace Hazard
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has admitted that he expected Eden Hazard to leave the club and sign for Real Madrid.
There has been so much speculation in the media over the past few months about the possible destination of Hazard, as many fans had hoped that he could be persuaded to ignore a possible move to Madrid and sign a new contract with the club.
And after Hazard dropped a massive hint that he is leaving after his impressive two-goal performance against Arsenal in the Europa League, Sarri has now come out and admitted that he expected Hazard to leave the club months ago.
“As you know he’s a wonderful player but you have to spend 2-3 months to understand him as a man,” said Sarri on BT Sport.
“When you’re able to understand him as a man he’s a wonderful man.
“I knew that Eden wanted to leave, of course, but as I say in every press conference I want to respect his decision. Now I have to speak to my club.”
Meanwhile, David Luiz has told fans Callum Hudson-Odoi could be the man to replace the departing Eden Hazard.
Hazard has admitted that the Europa League final could be his last game at the club, as he looks set to head to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
However, despite the fact he has netted an impressive 28-goals this season, Luiz is not too concerned about Hazard’s departure, claiming his side have a number of players who can fill his boots, specifically 18-year-old Hudson-Odoi.
‘That’s either Messi or Ronaldo [who can replace Hazard],’ Luiz said on the Sky Sports website.
‘If he goes I just wish him all the best. He is a fantastic player, friend and guy.
‘I think we have many, many talents within the club who can replace him. ‘Callum [Hudson-Odoi] is great. Callum has known this club since he was young and he has the talents to one day try to be like Eden.
‘It didn’t start so well because of the injury but it is time for him to improve in other sides [of his game].’