Maurizio Sarri has revealed Chelsea will hope to keep its squad and bring back on loan players if their transfer ban is not lifted and that could spell the end of Hazard’s dream move to Real Madrid. The Blues face the prospect of not signing players for the next two windows after their appeal were rejected by FIFA and could affect Hazards impending move to the Spanish giants.
The Belgium captain has been a long term target of the Los Blancos and is expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer. But if Chelsea are not able to buy players this summer, The Blues may be reluctant to sell their most prized asset.
The World Football Governing body upheld the club’s transfer ban after they were found guilty of breaching rules on the transfer and registration of overseas players under the age of 18. Chelsea have denied those allegations and will appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration Sports (CAS).
It is unlikely the ban is overturned, but they could have it postponed due to the appeal process. However, Sarri revealed the club will not be signing many players if the ban is uplifted or postponed because it doesn’t change much.
The former Napoli manager also assured the club’s fans the team will be able to cope if the ban is not lifted. Speaking in his press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League second leg semi-final clash against Eintracht Frankfurt, Sarri claimed the club will try to keep all his players and will bring its on loan players back.
“I don’t believe when you buy 10 players,” Sarri told reporters on Wednesday. “I think we have to buy only one or two players. “It’s very difficult to cover the gap at the moment. We need to work, probably we need to do something from the market. It’s not easy, because the level of the top two is very, very high.
“Otherwise it’s very difficult to improve immediately. I think we are a very good team, so we need only one, two players, no more.” Sarri said he had not yet discussed the situation with the club’s hierarchy as he prepares his squad for Eintracht Frankfurt’s visit for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final tie on Thursday. The first leg ended 1-1.
“We didn’t speak about the market,” the Italian added. “Also because, at the moment, we don’t know if we’ll be able to go into the market. “If the club is banned from making any transfers, then we’d have to keep the squad we have and bring some of the loan players back in, and that would give them an opportunity to play more.
“But, for me, that’s not something that should be used to get an opportunity to play. It should be down to hard work and playing well.” While Chelsea cannot register players for their senior team, the FIFA’s Appeal Committee decided the club can still sign players under the age of 16.
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