LONDON — Maurizio Sarri said he believes Chelsea’s squad is “complete” after the arrivals of Kepa Arrizabalaga and Mateo Kovacic and insisted that it is “impossible” for Eden Hazard to leave Stamford Bridge before the European transfer deadline on Aug. 31.
Chelsea enjoyed a quiet Premier League transfer deadline day, having broken their club-record to acquire Kepa from Athletic Bilbao from £71.5 million on Wednesday and secured Kovacic on loan as part of the deal that took Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid.
Sarri admitted that Kepa is not as good as Courtois right now, but praised Chelsea for getting “one of the most important” young goalkeepers in Europe and said that Hazard’s immediate future remains at Stamford Bridge.
“I’m very happy for both because Courtois’ situation was clear,” Sarri said. “He wanted to go to Madrid so we lost maybe one of the most important goalkeepers in the world. But we bought a young goalkeeper, one of the most important among the young goalkeepers in Europe, so I’m really happy.
“[Also] for Kovacic, because he has the right characteristics for us. I’m very happy & now I think the squad is complete.”
On the subject of Hazard, he added: “Hazard is with us. I have spoken with him three, four times for everything & he never said something about the market. He’s very happy to stay here.
“I think it’s impossible [to sell now] because here the market is closed, so we can’t change such important players now.”