Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea exit for Hazard ‘impossible’

Maurizio Sarri has said that it is “impossible” for Eden Hazard to leave Stamford Bridge before the European transfer deadline on Aug. 31.

Chelsea broke their club-record to acquire Kepa from Athletic Bilbao from £71.5 million on Wednesday and secured Kovacic on a season-long loan as part of the deal that took Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid.

Sarri reiterated that Hazard’s immediate future remains at Stamford Bridge.

“I’m very happy for both because Courtois’ situation was clear,” Sarri said.

“He wanted to go to Madrid so we lost maybe one of the most important goalkeepers in the world. But we bought a young goalkeeper, one of the most important among the young goalkeepers in Europe, so I’m really happy.”

“[Also] for Kovacic, because he has the right characteristics for us. He is a very technical player who can play between the lines of the opponent. For us that could be very important.

“I’m very happy and now I think the squad is complete.”

Chelsea remain focused on keeping Hazard in spite of Madrid’s interest, and hope to tie him to a new long-term extension before he enters the final year of his current contract next summer.

“Hazard is with us,” he added. “I have spoken with him three, four times for everything & he never said something about the market. He’s very happy to stay here.

“I think it’s impossible [to sell now] because here the market is closed, so we can’t change such important players now.”

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