Sarri: ‘I knew Eden wanted to leave’

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says he ‘knew’ Eden Hazard wanted to leave the club.

Hazard suggested he had played his final game for Chelsea after scoring twice in their 4-1 Europa League final win over Arsenal, saying post-match to BT Sport that he thinks ‘it’s a goodbye but in football you never know’.

The Belgian has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, with Sarri admitting he was aware of the 28-year-old’s desire to leave Chelsea after seven seasons at Stamford Bridge.

“As you know Hazard is a wonderful player, but you have to spend two or three months to understand him as a man. When you are able to understand him as a man, he is a wonderful man,” Sarri said in his post-match press conference.

“I knew Eden wanted to leave, but as I have said in every press conference, I wanted to respect his decision.”