The Blues boss wants to get the best out of his Spanish forward
Maurizio Sarri has rejected talk of Gonzalo Higuain potentially joining Chelsea this summer.
The Blues boss was quizzed about the Juventus forward, who he previously worked with at Napoli, after his side’s pre-season penalty shootout win over Inter.
Sarri responded by telling Sky Italia: “Gonzalo Higuain? I’m waiting for Alvaro Morata to give the best of himself.”
Chelsea’s existing front man had a bright start at Stamford Bridge, but went on to endure a tough first season in English football.
Morata wasn’t selected in Spain’s World Cup squad and has played in both of his club’s two pre-season matches so far.
“He did very well [in the second match against Inter],” continued Sarri, “Much better than in Australia [the first game against Perth Glory].
“It gives me a lot of confidence.”
With the striker situation seemingly put to bed, Maurizio Sarri went on to discuss another of his new team’s ongoing transfer sagas.
Eden Hazard has been strongly linked with a potential move to Real Madrid for several years, but never more than now Cristiano Ronaldo has left the club.
“He’s a strong player,” Sarri. said of the Belgian, “One like him, all the coaches want to train him, but despite that he’s also true that the strong player must remain motivated,
“We hope to be able to [keep him] and do it with the right motivations.”