Sarri: The chance to commit

In a week in which another of his players has signed a new contract, Maurizio Sarri has discussed the situation regarding a possible fresh deal for Eden Hazard.

Yesterday Cesar Azpilicueta put pen to paper on a four-year contract, and the Spaniard followed his team-mates Marcos Alonso and N’Golo Kante in extending their Stamford Bridge stay since Sarri’s arrival in the summer.

Having commented on the possibility of Cesc Fabregas and David Luiz committing to the club beyond the end of this season, Sarri also considered the chances of Eden Hazard extending.

‘It’s up to him,’ Sarri said. ‘The club is available to sign a new contract immediately, but it’s up to him whether he wants to renew or not.

‘I want Eden here, of course, but I want Eden here if he wants to stay here. I know very well there is discussion between the club and the manager of Eden, every week I think, so if there is something new the club will call me immediately.

‘I cannot speak with them [the players] about new contracts every day. It is not my job. The club and the managers of the players have to discuss it and find a solution.’

Tonight at Molineux Maurizio Sarri will have a selection question he is now accustomed to: whether to start Olivier Giroud or Alvaro Morata up front.

It was Giroud who got the nod against Fulham on Sunday after a run in the starting XI for Morata, who Sarri thinks is hitting a par level for goals this season.

‘Alvaro has scored four or five goals in the last seven matches. I cannot see a big problem.

‘Alvaro in every season scores 15 or 16 goals, not more. I hope more this season, but at the moment we are on his average. I can give him confidence. I can speak with him every week. Then, on the pitch, you are alone.’