Sarri expects Olivier Giroud to stay at Chelsea


"It'll be a very important run-in from now until the end of the season, because they would love to be in the Champions League next year".

When asked if he wanted Higuain to stay next season, Sarri replied, "Yes of course, but it depends on the club, it depends on Juventus".

More importantly, Maurizio Sarri will be hoping his side can continue their recent revival and maintain their challenge for a top-four finish. Sarri made seven changes to his starting XI for the match, also giving Olivier Giroud a chance to impress ahead of the struggling Gonzalo Higuain. I think that he has to improve, physically, mentally.

West Ham United will travel across London to take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday. "I think he has time for improvement", Sarri said, according to Sky Sports.

Higuain has scored just three goals in 11 games for Chelsea, with the club needing to pay 36million euros (£31m) to bring him in permanently from Juventus.

Maurizio Sarri says he is not anxious about Chelsea's looming transfer embargo, insisting he has confidence in his squad as he targets a top-four finish in the Premier League.

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Chelsea were hit with the two-window transfer ban by Federation Internationale de Football Association last month, over breaching rules concerning overseas players under the age of 18.

The Italian confirmed that Abramovich tends to speak more with Gianfranco Zola, the assistant first-team coach, "who speaks better English". "I know the club have an option [to extend his contract] for another season, so I think he will remain".

"We have a lot of very good young players who are improving".

The player himself suggested late past year that he would "prefer to be at a big club rather than playing every week in a less prestigious team".

And it fuelled talk Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich had warned Sarri to play Bayern Munich-target Hudson-Odoi or face the consequences.