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Hazard playing as a false nine helps us defensively, insists Sarri

Hazard playing as a false nine helps us defensively, insists Sarri

The Chelsea prospect has seen an increase in his first team involvement under Sarri since Bayern's interest in the 18-year-old emerged with a series of formal bids this month, with the German side said to be keen on Hudson-Odoi featuring prominently in their immediate future.

The Blues hope to find out later this week whether they can make progress on a deal to sign Gonzalo Higuain, which would allow Alvaro Morata to leave the club.

Following the departure of Cesc Fabregas to AS Monaco, Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri is now desperate to sign a midfielder and it is believed that the Blues have already made an enquiry for Adrien Rabiot - as reported by L'Equipe.

Paredes has 20 appearances for Zenit this season with three goals and two assists.

He said: "I spoke with the club and the club knows very well my opinion".

The winger, 18, is unhappy at a lack of first-team opportunities under manager Maurizio Sarri and fears it might hinder his progression as a player.

"[N'Golo] Kante breaks and there's nothing in front of him, Willian's going to try and catch up, Kante has to hold it up and that's not his game". I think that at the moment, in the defensive phase, we are doing very well.

Sarri, though, has digged his heels in over Hudson-Odoi, and he is not impressed with Bayern Munich's continued pursuit of him.

Sarri said he was not aware of any approach to Willian, but added: "Of course [I don't want to lose him] because he is really very important". It's unusual and I think he was in trouble. Bayern's latest bid for the player was €35million having had two previous offers rejected. Playing as a central midfielder in our team is not easy.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (back) is out and Morata (hamstring) is doubtful when the Blues face Newcastle, with Sarri hinting Hudson-Odoi and Andreas Christensen would drop to the substitutes' bench. "Now, he needs to improve in some movements without the ball".

Gabriele Marcotti told the Guillem Balague Transfer Show, "I think there's a number of issues here".

"It was better [against Newcastle] with the other wingers in attacking spaces".


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