Chelsea's Sarri says Premier League will miss Mourinho

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"He told me that he likes very much to play there", said Sarri.

Drinkwater still has over three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract.

Mourinho said a day after his sacking that United had a future without him, just as he did without them, and Sarri backed the 55-year-old to make a swift return to the dugout.

The report adds that the player is worth at least £35m, and his club won't stop him from joining a top-six club.

Regarding the continued speculation over whether Hazard will be staying at Chelsea, Zola said: "Hopefully he will stay long with us".

Chelsea sits fourth in the table with 37 points from 17 games but he ruled them out as title contenders along with leaders Liverpool and second-placed Manchester City.

An 84th-minute Eden Hazard goal, which spun into the net after a heavy deflection, earned Chelsea a place in the League Cup semi-finals after a 1-0 win over Bournemouth in an entertaining tie on Wednesday.

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"Financial considerations for us as this stage are the main thing but it's also something for everyone to look forward to".

After an inconsistent campaign last term marred by rumours of a rift with then manager Antonio Conte, the midfielder is back to his best this season, scoring 10 times in all competitions so far.

"With his quality and his aggressiveness, he is a very good player for us".

Given our history of typical City, and the fact this game is being squeezed into a busy fixture schedule, there will be a lot of pressure on Guardiola to rotate his playing squad.

"We are certainly not anticipating losing players in January that we don't want to".

"We started the two matches as Hazard as a striker".

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