Maurizio Sarri has admitted Chelsea must “solve the problem” of Eden Hazard’s long-term future.
Belgium star Hazard is out of contract in 2020, and Real Madrid have consistently monitored his situation in the hope of luring him to the Bernabeu.
Hazard boasts a league-high direct hand in 19 goals this term, and after netting a brace in the 2-1 win at Watford insisted he wants to become a Chelsea “legend”.
Hazard then later insisted he will wait until the summer before resolving his long-term future, leaving Sarri to admit the Blues must now resolve the issue.
Asked whether he expects Hazard to stay at Stamford Bridge long-term, Sarri replied: “I don’t know but I think that it’s time to decide.”
The Italian manager added: “I think that we have to solve the problem. If he wants to program the future, we have to solve this problem.”
Asked if Sarri could resolve the issue himself, he continued: “No, because I have not the power to do this.
“I am the coach. I am not the president I am not in charge of the market, I am the coach.
“I want to speak to him only about the position on the pitch.”