‘I want to play: Hazard makes hispoint to Sarri

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The Belgium global is understood to be keen to move to the Bernabeu at some point in his career.

Having finished fifth and sixth respectively last season, Chelsea and Arsenal will spend this campaign on the outside looking in when the elite contest the Champions League, so Maurizio Sarri has clearly made a better start than Unai Emery in the race to seal a top-four finish this time around. "But I'm happy here", he told RMC Sport after the 3-2 win over Arsenal.

"Many things have been said - nonsense and everything". But at the moment I'm happy.

"The transfer window in England is already closed". Clubs can still sell players, but not sign new ones anymore.

"But I hope, one more week, maximum two weeks, he will be able to play for 90 minutes". "We lost distances, I think". I prefer to speak about the other 75 minutes, it is better. "I'm fine here. We'll see what happens in a year or two".

Chelsea, as per their club policy, would seek to secure him to a new long-term contract if he does end up leaving on another loan but Loftus-Cheek, whose current £60,000-a-week deal expires in 2021, is expected to resist committing his future further to the club given the doubts around his involvement.

Yet they claim that, for now, the Belgium global is resisting pressure to sign an extension.

The introduction of Eden Hazard and Mateo Kovacic from the substitutes' bench helped Chelsea re-establish control, and the Belgian crossed low for Marcos Alonso to slot in the winning goal in the 81st minute and ensure that Sarri began his tenure as head coach with six points from a possible six. "Also, I think to play 25-30 minutes when the intensity of the game is going down, is better", he said. I want to change all the thinking from the people who say I'm not.

"I think the players were very good in the second half because it was not easy to answer the final part of the first half, from a mental point of view".

"In the second half we played with two midfielders, 19 and 21 years old. He is a great manager, like we had before".