Chelsea endured a busy week ahead of the new Premier League season, seeing Thibaut Courtois leave for Real Madrid and landing two new signings in the form of Kepa Arrizabalaga and Mateo Kovacic.
The Blues also witnessed plenty of speculation surrounding the future’s of Eden Hazard and Willian, both of whom attracted European interest and could still leave before the end of August, which has led to a former boss firing a word of warning to Maurizio Sarri.
Speaking to the BBC, Ruud Gullit stated Chelsea must show this season that they are capable of fighting for honours in order to retain the services of Belgium international Hazard – who was identified by Real Madrid as a top-target following the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Players want to win trophies – you know your career is short. Hazard came to Chelsea to win things, not just to play well and earn a lot of money, and he still wants to win trophies – major ones – now.
“Chelsea have to create that opportunity for him – if they can’t, then you cannot blame him if he does want to leave. Can they do it this season? It is too early to tell.”