Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri SLAMS Callum Hudson-Odoi claim

Sarri wants Chelsea to buy Higuain but admits striker ‘needs to improve’

Maurizio Sarri insists Chelsea want to keep Gonzalo Higuain despite striker's struggle to adapt to Premier League

"But at the beginning of the season, Odoi had a very great potential but wasn't ready to play in the Premier League".

But after handing the World Cup victor a rare Premier League start against Brighton on Wednesday - and watching him score in the 3-0 victory - Sarri wants the club to give him a new deal.

Sarri, however, is adamant Abramovich remains a hugely powerful voice - even if his own communication with the Blues supremo is relayed via right-hand man Gianfranco Zola.

Maurizio Sarri has insisted he wants Gonzalo Higuain to stay at Chelsea despite the striker's struggle to make an impact in the Premier League.

"It was a problem for Suarez in the first season at Liverpool", Sarri said. "I think that in this moment they are really very important for us".

Fifth-placed Chelsea face West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Monday. The Blues are fighting for a spot in the top 4 and I see that fight continuing as Chelsea should get all 3 points from this fixture.

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The Argentine striker, 31, was duly signed on loan from Juventus in January with a view to a permanent move this summer.

Higuain still has time to become a fan favourite, if he can fire Chelsea to a top four finish and also Europa League glory.

Chelsea were handed a two-window transfer ban by world governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association in February over the recruitment of foreign youngsters with the club's appeal against the sanction set to be heard on 11 April.

"If they are able to improve, we will probably be a better team in the future". The Hammers lie 11th in the Premier League and looked like a team who were on the beach during their awful display at home to the Toffees. "We have to play every three days, so we need both".

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

When it was suggested that he had been put under pressure to play the likes of Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek more often, the Italian replied: "No - it's up to the players".

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