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WATCH: Chelsea manager Sarri 'bored' by transfer window

2018-07-19 09:15
Maurizio Sarri (Getty Images)

Cape Town - New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says he wants to have 'fun' and vows to improve the players he already has at his disposal rather than relying on the transfer market for solutions.

The Italian said star attacker Eden Hazard is one of the top two or three players in Europe and wants to meet the Belgium forward face-to-face to discuss his future.

Hazard said at the World Cup in Russia that "it might be time to discover something different" after spending the last six years with Chelsea.

He has been linked with a move to European champion Real Madrid, which recently sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

Hazard is taking time off after the World Cup along with Belgium team-mate Thibaut Courtois, whose future is also the matter of some debate.

Sarri says he doesn't just want to phone the players who have yet to return to pre-season training because a "telephone call without looking in their eyes will not give any certainty. I want to meet them face-to-face and understand what's the best thing to do for everyone."

Sarri says Hazard is "one of the top two or three European players," adding that he hopes "to improve Hazard but that will be difficult."

 

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