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Hazard: Marina convinced me to stay and train under Sarri

Former Chelsea star Eden Hazard has revealed how Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia convinced him to stay at Stamford Bridge for one mor...


Former Chelsea star Eden Hazard has revealed how Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia convinced him to stay at Stamford Bridge for one more season.

Hazard was desperately wanted by Real Madrid in 2018 but Chelsea rejected the proposal and convinced Hazard to play another season under Maurizio Sarri.

“Every year there was talk of my arrival in Madrid. I have never had contact, not even my surroundings, with the club. The contacts began two, three years ago, when I got injured with the national team,” Hazard told Foot Magazine.

“After the 2018 World Cup, I wanted to come. Chelsea said no. It was necessary to spend a year with (Maurizio) Sarri.

“Nor did he want to leave Chelsea badly. I have always been clean with all my clubs. As I did in Lille. My last year at Lille (2011-2012) I didn't want to do it. My surroundings made me understand that it was necessary to stay a season. The same thing happened at Chelsea.

“In the summer of 2018, I received a call from Marina Granovskaia. She told me: 'Don't go, Sarri comes to train you.' I tried to do my best.”

Hazard was later transferred to Real Madrid the following year for reported €150 million.

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