Makelele rips Sarri for Chelsea deal as Maurizio will ‘respect’ Hazard transfer decision
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri insists he’ll respect Eden Hazard’s decision in the summer.
Hazard’s contract expires at the end of next season, and there has been many reports in the media which have all suggested that the Belgian will not be signing a new contract to stay with Real Madrid thought to be lurking.
But despite his sixteen goals this season and a number of match winning performances, all the headlines in the media have been about where Hazard will be going to during the summer transfer window, and although Sarri would love to keep Hazard at the club, the Italian coach has admitted that he will respect the decision from Hazard when he finally makes up his mind.
Asked about Hazard’s future, He Said on the Sky Sports website: “I don’t know, you’ll have to ask the club. The problem is the new contract, he will go into the last season of his contract in the new season so I don’t know. In this moment for me it is not so important.
“I am really very happy with Eden because he is playing very well, he fights on the pitch. I want to respect his decision.”
Claude Makelele has slammed Maurizio Sarri for letting Alvaro Morata leave the club and replacing him with Gonzalo Higuaín.
Higuaín ended months of speculation about his future during the January transfer window after Sarri convinced the board to make a move and bring him to the Premier League, but his move has not worked out like many had hoped and the Juventus hitman has only netted four goals in his 12 appearances for the Blues.
He was signed as an immediate replacement for Morata, who joined Athletic Madrid after a poor start to the season, But Makelele feels his former club were wrong to let the Spain international leave Stamford Bridge.
‘For me, the way I see it I think it depends on the manager and the way he wants to play football,’ Makelele told Stadium Astro.
‘Either with a target man or with a smart player moving, scoring goals, dribbling. We didn’t know exactly what the manager wanted [at the start].
‘He prefers Higuain because he’s more adapted with Hazard and Willian, he had him before, he knows Higuain very well, so he knows the mentality and spirit [of Sarri’s team].
‘But for me, the one is Morata, he’s a real striker. ‘He’s like [Karim] Benzema a little bit, technically soft, scores goals, not selfish, runs, I think he’s quicker than Higuain and Giroud.
‘It’s difficult [to adapt], it was hard to adapt in the beginning, I needed to change the way I played, the second ball there was always contact.
‘It was so different, you need to be a mix of a fighter and playing football one and two touch.
‘I think any manager who buys a player needs to have the identity of the club. ‘He understands why he’s been bought, he needs to be a fighter and play for his teammates.’