Sarri hinted, however, that he could train Matteo Kovacic as Jorginho's understudy, rather than pursue Rice in the summer transfer window, should Chelsea overturn a Federation Internationale de Football Association transfer ban.
Eden Hazard's slalom through the opposition before scoring the Chelsea opener on Monday didn't exactly leave the West Ham fans speechless.
Hazard's brilliance lifted Chelsea up to third in the Premier League with five matches left to play, and teammate Gonzalo Higuain was keen to pay tribute to the Belgian's rare talents. From a technical point of view, no.
However, the reigning Bundesliga champions have the option to keep hold of the 27-year-old Colombian attacking midfielder should they pay Madrid €35m at the end of the season.
"I think a big performance from the team, [Eden] Hazard, of course, played a wonderful match", Sarri said post-match. It's impossible to find another one", said a Sarri who gave up on the Belgian, who pointed out after the game: "Madrid? "Otherwise we have to try something different".
The Croatia worldwide midfielder has made 28 Premier League appearances, tallying two assists for Chelsea, while he has managed 42 games in all competitions.
According to the Daily Mail, Los Blancos would make an offer to Chelsea that they could have a pick of one of two players as part of a deal for Hazard.
"I just think he's that good a player".
After controlling the opening exchanges, Maurizio Sarri's side took a deserved lead midway through the first half when Hazard picked up the ball inside the West Ham half before embarking on a mazy run leaving defenders in his wake. Really I haven't got a clue out of the other three because in some ways you can't trust them - I feel like I can trust Tottenham a little bit. "He told me he has to decide".
He had scored 23 Premier League goals in the 2012/13 season and finished just three goals behind Robin van Persie who had netted 26 times. I can not do anything I think.