Maurizio Sarri on Courtois, Hazard and new signing as Chelsea boss gears up for Premier League bow

On the eve of taking charge of his first Premier League game, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has reacted to the various bits of transfer business the club did this week.

The Blues face Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon, as the Italian tactician will be desperate to make a positive start to life in England.

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However, it’s been a busy week for the club with transfer deals being made, as Thibaut Courtois left to join Real Madrid while Chelsea brought in Kepa Arrizabalaga and Mateo Kovacic while also keeping Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge amid speculation over his future.

With all that in mind, the former Napoli boss sounded fairly happy with the current squad at his disposal, as although he’s only had a few weeks to prepare having been appointed last month, the addition of Kepa and Kovacic alongside fellow summer arrival Jorginho, could give him the tools needed to implement his expansive style of play.

“Hazard is with us,” he said, as per Sky Sports. “He’s not a problem. I have spoken with him three, four times for everything. He never said something about the market.

“I think he is very happy to stay here. I have seen a player very happy to stay here, so I think the new contract will be no problem.

“I am very happy for both. Courtois’ situation was clear. He wanted to go to Madrid so we lost one of the most important goalkeepers in the world. But we brought in one of the most important young goalkeepers in the world.

“I am really happy with Kovacic because I think he has the characteristics for us. I am really very happy and I think now the squad is complete.”

The pressure will be on Sarri to deliver immediate results after Chelsea missed out on the Champions League last season. Time will tell if he has done enough to stamp his mark on the squad to ensure that they can make a positive start this weekend, but in Kepa, Kovacic and Jorginho, he has added technical quality and class in possession which should stand them in good stead.

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