SARRI HOPEFUL FOR FABREGAS DEAL

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri is hopeful Chelsea duo David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas will sign new deals at the club.

Maurizio Sarri says he wants David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas to sign new contracts at Chelsea, but admits completing the deals will be “very difficult”.

Both players’ contracts at Stamford Bridge expire at the end of the season, meaning they are free to discuss moves to clubs outside England from next month.

Sarri says he has told the club he wants David Luiz and Fabregas to remain at Chelsea, but has suggested finding agreement on the length of the contracts could be difficult.

Cesc Fabregas has only played three Premier League matches this season.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said, “I spoke with the club about this one month ago. I know very well that it’s not easy, but I think we can do a new deal for both.”

“They are very important players for us. It is very difficult to find a center-back for this level and it is very difficult to find a center-midfielder technically like Fabregas, so I think they have to stay with us.

“The deal is very difficult for this reason [both players are over 30 years of age]. The club wants a short contract and the players want a long contract. It is difficult for this reason but I think we can find a solution.”

Maurizio Sarri has made Luiz a regular starter in his defense, but has rarely used Fabregas in the Premier League.

Another player Sarri is keen to keep at Chelsea is Ruben Loftus-Cheek following his goal-scoring cameo off the bench in the win over Fuham on Sunday.

The 22-year-old has struggled to break into the head coach’s side despite impressing on loan at Crystal Palace last season, and admits he understands why there are calls for him to leave the Blues.

However, Sarri has no intention of allowing the England international to depart just yet.