Eden Hazard was omitted from the Chelsea squad that travelled to Greece before their Europa League meeting with PAOK Salonika on Thursday evening after personally telling Maurizio Sarri, the manager, that he is battling tiredness.
The speculation over the 25-year-old's future with Chelsea comes following Sarri's remarks over his attacking options, as he said, via the Express: "On Saturday Oliver played very well".
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Eden Hazard has been on the radar of Los Blancos and the Spanish club are now set to cash in on the high flying Belgian star when the next transfer window opens.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Cesc Fabregas also made the trip after recovering from injury, but in a news conference ahead of the match, Sarri sought to dampen any expectations that he could make wholesale changes to his starting XI.
Italian Sarri has switched last season's back three to a back four and, on this evidence, he still has a lot of work to do to forge them into a competitive unit.
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Striker Aleksandar Prijovic has returned to training following a hamstring problem and could be included by the Greek side, who have no other injury concerns. But I don't know if there is a spot for him tomorrow.
Maurizio Sarri is set to make use of the squad depth he has available to him in Europe and has identified the game as the ideal chance to rest Hazard.
Hazard's absence brings into focus the matter of post-World Cup burnout, something many feel has hampered Harry Kane's form in recent weeks, and it will be intriguing to see if he features at West Ham on Sunday as Chelsea aim to make it six league wins out of six. "Of course either Hazard or Pedro will rest on Thursday". "The only thing I don't like in Chris at this moment is the haircut but I am nobody to tell him that". I think both, because we have to play 60 matches. "In characteristics they are different and it depends on the kind of match".
"Chelsea is one of the best teams in the world".
The Blues have averaged just under three goals a game domestically, winning all five of their fixtures.
However, although the striker ultimately retained his place in the Chelsea side his future remains under a cloud as Sarri refuses to promises any assured game time moving forward as he continues to rotate Morata with Olivier Giroud. "We will be prepared and we have huge motivation for this game".