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 demonstrated his class once again on Monday night as he single-handedly inspired Chelsea to victory over West Ham.
Hazard's two goals against West Ham sent Chelsea third in the Premier League table and back above Tottenham and Arsenal in the race for the top four, but the side have a hard run in with trips to Liverpool and Manchester United to come.
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.
While Hazard's heroics were vital on the day to secure the result, they were also important to Chelsea's pursuit of a place in the top four and the Champions League spot that comes with it.
Whether or not manager Maurizio Sarri will be around to coach them next season is another matter, but we all know how volatile the head coach's position at Chelsea is... We are very lucky because it is very easy to win the match when he is able to make that kind of difference.More news: Kacey Musgraves ends Miranda Lambert’s ACM winning streak
I'm happy here. It's always nice to try a new league and it's my first taste of the Premier League.
Eden Hazard's Chelsea future is up in the air with just over 12 months left on his current contract. "We have seen in the last market window every price I think. Those are things that involve the club executives and the desire of the player", the ex-Real Madrid forward said.
"I am sure the club doesn't want to sell him", said Sarri.
Suarez admits that he was ready to leave Liverpool for Arsenal but that the conversation with Gerrard and Carragher ultimately convinced him to stay at Anfield for one more season before leaving for Barcelona.
The Serbian worldwide is still a top play-breaker but he will turn 31 in a few months and in my opinion, he is past his best and the Old Trafford club must lure a quality replacement. "He told me he has to decide".