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It seems as though a chat with new boss Maurizio Sarri is imperative for Chelsea's first-choice keeper but the same can't be said for Hazard who seems set on a summer switch to the Bernabeu.

Fabregas himself went from Arsenal to Barcelona in 2011 but does not want his friend to follow his path from the Premier League to La Liga.

"He (Hazard) is one of the top two or three European players, and I look forward to working with him", Sarri told a news conference on Wednesday. "I want to meet them face-to-face and understand what's the best thing to do for everyone".

"I don't want to make this distinction, I am not bothered about nationality".

"He is a player who has maturity and a lot of leadership.

I think our task as managers is growing the players that we have".

"I spoke with the football club and I said ideally a pinch of quality is lacking in centre midfield for a certain kind of play".

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It was Hazard who came out and said after the World Cup that he wants to move from Stamford Bridge. Los Blancos were keen on Athletic Bilbao stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga in January, but saw the transfer fall apart at the 11th hour with Zinedine Zidane not fully convinced, leaving them still in the market for a long-term replacement for Navas.

Asked if he planned to phone Hazard - or any other player linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge - Sarri added: "A telephone call without looking them in the eye would not give me any certainty".

"I am happy to be at Chelsea. I hope to do it in a few weeks".

As far as Asensio is concerned, the young Spaniard will have the chance to kickstart his career at a new club, which could build a long-term team around him.

"Well, for me this is a hard challenge, but a fascinating one", said Sarri.

The 30-year-old Polish worldwide is in the final years of his contract and there is a possibility that he might join the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League winners.

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