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Tuesday 18 September 2018

Hazard sign for Chelsea

Chelsea's Eden Hazard. Photo: PA
Chelsea's Eden Hazard. Photo: PA

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says there's no way the Blues will sell in-demand striker Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this month.

Sarri's focus is on today's Premier League clash with Arsenal, the Blues aiming to build on a 3-0 win over Huddersfield on the opening weekend of the season.

But there is the distraction of persistent reports linking Hazard with a move to the Bernanbeu, following former team-mate Thibaut Courtois. Yet Sarri, ahead of his first London derby, says the Belgian is staying.

"I have spoken with him very often in the last 10 days but he has never said anything about this to me," Sarri said. "I'm sure Eden will be with us for this season."

He has also backed Alvaro Morata to find his form again.

"I am not worried about Morata. He is a great player. In this moment he needs only to gain confidence, but he is a great player," he said.

"Maybe he is low on confidence. He needs to score, as do all the strikers in the world. He is improving so I am not really worried about him."

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