Chelsea have certainly enjoyed life under Maurizio Sarri since the Italian arrived at the club in the summer.
Barring the appalling defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, the Blues have coasted through much of the campaign and had not tasted defeat in competitive football.
Sarri has managed to bring some attractive football to Stamford Bridge as well and has managed to get the best out of some of his stars, with others seemingly improving as time goes on.
However, he has recently admitted he faces a very difficult task and one that Roman Abramovich may not give him the best chance of completing.
David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas’ contracts are set to expire in the summer and Sarri is keen to keep them at the club, however, Chelsea have a policy of not offering players long-term deals when they are over 30 and can only be offered 12 months at a time.
“The deal is very difficult for this reason, I think. Because the club wants a short contract, and the players want a long contract. So it’s difficult for this reason. But I think, at the end, we can find a solution,” he told the London Evening Standard.
“I think that David and Cesc are leaders and so I think it’s very important for me, for the staff, and also for their team-mates that they stay with us.
“I know the difficulties of the new deal, as I said before. The problem is only one year, two years or three/four years for the new contract. But I think the club will be able to find the right solution.”
With Chelsea’s strict policy on players over the age of 30, it could be an extremely tough ask to try and keep both players at Stamford Bridge.
Luiz has certainly benefitted from Sarri’s arrival this season, having made a return to the first-team when he had been frozen out for much of last season under Antonio Conte.
However, Fabregas has found things a little more difficult, as he has had to be used from the bench more often, with the addition of Jorginho, but there is no doubt that he still offers a huge creative threat for the Blues.
It remains to be seen if Sarri can convince Abramovich to tie the two leaders down to new long-term contracts, or if the Italian may lose this particular task under the Russian owner.
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