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Zola, who spent seven years at Chelsea from 1996 until 2003 and scored 69 goals, is hugely popular at Stamford Bridge and will become Sarri's No 2.

He revealed that he hopes to bring something new to the club by imposing his style on the pitch rather than trying to make wholesale changes to the club's philosophy: "I do not want to change anything in the club's philosophy, but I want to bring mine on the pitch".

Rumor has it that owner Roman Abramovich and club president Bruce Buck will play hardball with Florentino Perez and the Real Madrid board.

Hazard and Courtois both shone at the World Cup - the latter winning The Golden Glove for goalkeeper of the tournament as Belgium finished a best ever third - but with their contracts running down have been linked with moves to Spain.

'It would be great to be successful with Maurizio and for the club and I will give my best, as I did in the past as a player, so I will give my best in my new position.

Sarri added: "Gary Cahill can still give us a lot".

"The two leagues are different, but here there are stronger players".

Maurizio Sarri has finally be unveiled as the new Chelsea head coach as he spoke to the media for the first time following his appointment.

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"Hazard is a high level player and I think he is one of the top two or three European players", Sarri continued.

"I will go back and I will see what they want and how they say it", he said after the tournament ended.

Former Napoli boss Sarri, who has never won silverware, insisted the only target set by Chelsea was to be competitive this season.

Chelsea's pre-season training began under Sarri's predecessor, Antonio Conte. It will take some time to build a slightly different way of playing. "They must not be changed". "I hope Hazard will improve with me but it will be hard".

Arsenal will need the full amount they paid for him if Chelsea want to sign him because he is their first choice goalkeeper at the moment even though they have a new manager.

"Certainly, after this World Cup, I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will have the final decision".

"This is a post-World Cup time", said Sarri.