Maurizio Sarri confident star man Eden Hazard will stay at Chelsea

Haard has been in fine form all year for both Belgium and the Blues. (AFP)
Updated 23 November 2018

Maurizio Sarri confident star man Eden Hazard will stay at Chelsea

  • Brilliant Belgian long linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
  • Chelsea coach Sarri is hopeful his star man will pen a new deal like N'Golo Kante.

LONDON: Maurizio Sarri said Friday that he is confident Eden Hazard will put pen to paper on a new deal with Chelsea after N’Golo Kante signed a five-year contract with the Blues.

Hazard’s deal with unbeaten Chelsea runs until June 2020 and speculation over his future at the club has intensified since his impressive displays for Belgium at the World Cup in Russia.

The Belgian has said he is in a quandary about whether to extend his deal or seek a “dream” move to Real Madrid, but Sarri is optimistic his star player will stay in London after Kante committed his future to Stamford Bridge until 2023 on Friday.

“I don’t know the evolution of the new contract. I think we can do (an extension),” said Sarri.

Asked if he was optimistic Hazard would commit to Chelsea, Sarri added: “I hope so.”

Sarri’s Chelsea, third in the Premier League on 28 points, take on fourth-placed Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday with their London rivals just a point behind them.

Despite Chelsea’s impressive run of eight wins and four draws from their opening 12 matches, Sarri says leaders City are the runaway favorites to win the title and Liverpool the only side likely to challenge them, leaving his side in a tough battle for the remaining Champions League places.

“At the moment in the Premier League there is a team above the others and this team is Manchester City,” said Sarri, whose side trail the champions by four points.

“Then there is a very good team, Liverpool. For sure Liverpool will be in the first four positions.

“Then there is four, five teams who will have to fight for the Champions League positions: Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, (Manchester) United and somebody else. Usually there is a surprise.”

In order to maintain their spot in the top four, Sarri says Chelsea need to be more aggressive from the start of matches, revealing his unhappiness with a “mental problem” in the past three games that has seen them drop points at home to Everton just before the international break and scrape past Crystal Palace the week before.

“The problem was that the opponents were more aggressive, more determined than us,” he said.

“It’s not a tactical problem, it’s not a physical problem. We have to approach the match in a different way, for application and determination.”


Tokyo 2020 organizers estimate Games postponement cost $1.9bn

Updated 29 November 2020

Tokyo 2020 organizers estimate Games postponement cost $1.9bn

  • The International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government were forced to put off the Games for a year in March
  • The organizing committee will decide on a breakdown of the burden of the delay in December

TOKYO: This year’s postponement of the Tokyo Olympics because of the novel coronavirus cost about 200 billion yen ($1.9 billion) orgainsers have estimated, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Sunday, citing people involved with the event.
The International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government were forced to put off the Games for a year in March as the coronavirus spread rapidly around the world.
The Games cost 1.35 trillion yen ($13 billion) before the postponement, the newspaper reported.
A spokesman for the organizers was not immediately available for comment.
The organizing committee will decide on a breakdown of the burden of the delay in December, after discussions between the committee, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the central government, the newspaper said.
The postponement costs include payment to staff as well as the introduction of new systems for refunding tickets but do not include measures against the spread of the coronavirus, the newspaper said.
The organizers had originally estimated that the delay would cost nearly 300 billion yen but they were able to reduce that figure by simplifying some events, the report said.