Sarri Says Hazard Is Free To Leave Chelsea If He Wants To

Chelsea coach, Mauricio Sarri has said he will not stand in the way of Eden Hazard if he wants to leave the London based club.

Hazard has been linked with a move to Spanish side Real Madrid in recent months and the Belgium international had said in October last year that it was his dream to play for the reigning European champions.

Chelsea are looking to renew his contract, which expires next season, and the west London side risk losing him for free in the close season in 2020 if he does not extend his current deal.

“Eden is 28. If he wants to go, I think he has to go,” Sarri told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League clash at Bournemouth.

“Of course, I hope the opposite, I hope he wants to stay here. He has the potential to be the best player in Europe at the moment.”

Hazard has been hugely successful since he moved to Chelsea from Lille in 2012, helping the Blues to two Premier League titles in six-and-a-half seasons with the club.

The 28 year old has 10 goals and 10 assists in the league this season, often playing up front in a false nine role to lead the attack but Sarri might play him on the wing again after the arrival of Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain.