Eden Hazard is set to join the Chelsea squad later this week after seeking permission from new boss Maurizio Sarri to report late for duty.
Hazard who helped his national team to a third-place finish at the World Cup has had an extended period away
He will miss out from the Chelsea squad that will face Man City today in the Community Shield showdown, and may equally miss out in the last pre-season game against Lyon.
The Chelsea head coach has admitted the pair did not speak about Hazard’s future, despite ongoing links with Real Madrid.
Hazard’s current deal at the club is set to expire in 2020, though Sarri revealed the only thing discussed was the player’s request to return to training late.
“We didn’t talk about this,” the Italian said when asked about the playmaker’s future.
“We talked only about ‘can I arrive on Monday instead of Sunday?’
“At this moment there is no problem for Hazard.”
Sarri has made clear since his arrival a desire to keep the club’s top talent at Stamford Bridge, with fellow first-team players Willian and Thibaut Courtois also linked with moves away.
The former Napoli boss did not reveal whether he had granted Hazard permission for the extended time away, though it does now appear the player will be reporting back a day later than planned.
The Blues will trade tackles with City at Wembley before opening their Premier League campaign with a trip to Huddersfield on Saturday, August 11.