Maurizio Sarri confirmed that he would like to see David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas follow Cesar Azpilicueta in signing new Chelsea contracts, but admitted that the club’s policy of only offering one-year deals to players over the age of 30 is a sticking point in negotiations.
Chelsea announced on Tuesday that Azpilicueta had signed a contract extension committing him to Stamford Bridge until June 2022, while both Marcos Alonso and N’Golo Kante have put pen to paper on lucrative new deals in recent weeks.
Luiz and Fabregas are among several Chelsea first-team players set to be free agents next summer and both have expressed a desire to stay beyond this season. Sarri wants to keep the pair, and remains confident that his club will find a way to get it done — though he suggested they may have to compromise.
“I spoke with the club one month ago about this,” Sarri told a news conference. “I know very well that it’s not easy, but I think that we can do a new deal for both.
“They are very important players for us. It’s very difficult to find a centre-back for this level [like Luiz], and it’s very difficult to find a central midfielder technically like Fabregas. And so I think they have to stay with us.” Read more