Maurizio Sarri confessed that he is surprised by the contract situation as Real Madrid target Eden Hazard is yet to re-sign at Chelsea.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admitted that he is surprised Eden Hazard’s contract situation has gone on so long that the Blues might have to sell him in the summer.

The 27-year-old’s current deal with the Blues runs out in the summer of 2020 and with the rumours of Real Madrid still circulating, the fear that the Blues might lose him is a real possibility.

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Hazard has continuously flirted with the idea of joining the Spanish side, stating that it is his ‘dream’ club, but then claiming after the victory against Watford on Wednesday that he wants to be considered a Chelsea legend.

The Blues have been trying to pin down the Belgium skipper to a new long-term deal since they won the Premier League title in 2017, however he is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract that could earn him more than £300,000-per-week.

It is a real possibility that they might be forced to sell him in the summer, and Sarri admits that he is surprised it has come to this point with a player who is so important to the club.

“Yes, I am a bit surprised [it has gone on this long] but I don’t know the past so I can’t say anything,” Sarri said, however he also claimed that the situation does not frustrate him, adding: “I think it’s normal. You have to manage 25/28 players. It’s a routine.”

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If Hazard fails to sign a new contract then there is little that the Blues can do to keep him during the summer transfer window, unless Real Madrid end their interest in him.

But whatever the decision, Sarri admitted that he wants to know what is happening as soon as possible for he can plan for whether or not he will have the Belgian in his squad.

“The club has to programme the future,” Sarri said. “I think they need to start in this period. The club can decide for him. I think it’s right that the club knows the future and has the chance to programme the future.”

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