Chelsea were the dominant side against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final clash.
However, despite Chelsea’s dominance, Maurizio Sarri’s side couldn’t break past Spurs defence and the Blues even hit the woodwork twice.
Eden Hazard was one of the best players at Wembley, and the Belgian appeared to be frustrated with his teammates at times and tried to do so much on his own.
Hazard’s contract ends in the summer of 2020, and the Belgian has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid. Los Blancos have been chasing Hazard for many years now, and he is yet to reveal where he would play his football next season.
Former Tottenham star Jermaine Jenas said after the Spurs game that Hazard is too good to be in this current Chelsea squad.
He said after the defeat to Spurs: “How good has Hazard been tonight? Demanding the ball, going by players.
“I never thought I would say it, but he’s too good for this Chelsea team.”
Chelsea are desperate to keep Hazard and are prepared to pay him in excess of £300,000 per week but it is believed Hazard wants to ensure Chelsea finishes in Champions League places and wants to see progress from the club in the transfer market before signing a new contract.
Sarri believes the uncertainty surrounding Hazard’s future is disrupting the club’s future planning and thinks it’s time for Hazard to make a decision on his future.
Asked if he will sit down with Hazard to thrash out his future, Sarri said: “I don’t know but I think it is time to decide.
“I have not the power to do this. I am the coach. I am not the president and not in charge of the market. I only speak to him about the position on the pitch. I think we have to solve the problem if we want to programme the future.”
Sarri has deployed Hazard as a striker in a number of games this season, and the Belgian superstar started as a striker again against Spurs on Tuesday night. But Hazard admitted last month that he doesn’t like to play as a striker.