Maurizio Sarri Insists He Wants Misfiring Veteran Striker at Chelsea Next Season

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After stubbornly refusing to start Hudson-Odoi, 18, in the league all season, Sarri suddenly did a u-turn on Wednesday - and named him in his line-up for the vital victory over Brighton.

The club hope they will be able to get the punishment delayed, reduced or overturned to allow them to trade freely this summer, but even if he is unable to make new signings, Sarri is optimistic that the progress of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek can keep Chelsea moving forward. "I think he has time for improvement", Sarri said, according to Sky Sports. We have to play very hard matches, especially away in the last part of the season but we only have to do our best and play to win.

"They are improving. In this moment of the season, they are fresh".

Barcelona ace Suarez has 129 goals in just 159 La Liga appearances and previously graced the Premier League with Liverpool.

"He [Higuain] has to improve physically and mentally and also that he will be useful for us in the last part of the season". Loftus-Cheek the same.

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Abramovich has not visited Stamford Bridge since the United Kingdom government denied his request to extend his investor visa past year, despite the fact he is able to enter the country on an Israeli passport after gaining citizenship. "Because Zola speaks English better than me, of course". "He is the owner, and so he is able to influence the technical staff, the club, the players, everything". The deal is complicated by the fact that Chelsea were recently hit by a transfer ban, with an appeal pending.

Yet Sarri is refusing to panic, declaring his existing squad good enough to survive and thrive any suspension.

"We are lucky because we have Giroud and he is in a very good mental and physical condition", he added.

Ahead of Chelsea's clash with West Ham, we've had a look at the last five fixtures between the two, and the Blues will be looking to improve on their recent poor form against the Hammers.