Hazard debunks rumoured move to Real Madrid, agrees with Sarri’s football philosophy

Eden Hazard believes he and Maurizio Sarri think the same way about football

Sarri: Higuain keen to prove himself again

Hazard has spent the last six-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge, but the playmaker has been heavily linked with a switch to Real Madrid with less than 18 months remaining on his contract.

Chelsea agreed a lucrative deal to loan Higuain from Juventus until the end of the season with an option to extend or buy at Sarri's recommendation in January, and the Argentine scored his first goals for his new club in last weekend's 5-0 rout of Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge.

"This is just what I think, but I know him well".

Hazard usually plays on the left now that Gonzalo Higuain has arrived to play central striker with either Pedro or Willian often on the other flank.

"I hope that I am the football father [of Higuain]", Sarri told reporters. "It's a football feeling, I think".

"He needs confidence first of all". So the feeling is really fantastic, it is a football feeling. He needs a very good relationship with his coach, with his teammates.

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"I will be really very happy with him if he wants to stay, because he is the best in Europe, so I will be really very happy".

Great news for Chelsea fans, but Fabregas also dropped the bombshell that Hazard has always said he likes Real.

And he insisted his side are not in the Premier League title race, contrary to a suggestion from City counterpart Guardiola earlier this week. Sometimes he needs a message from the coach.

"In the moment he is really very determined", Sarri said.

"Also when you see the Belgium squad we have a lot, of course, Belgian players but some from Congo like (Romelu) Lukaku, (Michy) Batshuayi and (Christian) Benteke".

The signing of Higuain - an expensive recruit in his 30s - is contrary to Chelsea's usual transfer policy and Sarri has previously acknowledged the need for the striker to swiftly make an impact.

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