Contrary to reports of a looming fall out between Hazard and his manager, Maurizio Sarri, the Belgian winger has come out to say his coach’s style of football actually suits his philosophy.
The 28-year-old Chelsea and Belgium playmaker — a pivotal figure in his country’s best ever performance at the World Cup finishing third last year — said Sarri’s approach is vastly different to those of his two previous managers at the London club Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.
Despite all results going their opponent’s way lately, Hazard has still come out to say he believes in the way Sarri tries to play football.
His words, “All the managers I’ve played for have given me something, from when I started with Claude Puel at Lille to now with Maurizio Sarri,”
“They all see football in different ways, which is why I’m the player I am. They have all given me important advice. Jose Mourinho was special, but the way Sarri and [Rudi] Garcia like to play is more like my philosophy of football.”
Hazard, who admits when he was a child he used to support France more than Belgium and wore a Zinedine Zidane shirt, is clear about his admiration for former banker Sarri.
Hazard has faced a number of reports regarding his future over the past 12 months, with the 28-year-old continually linked with a move away from Chelsea.
It has also intensified speculation linking Hazard with a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season, but the Belgium international stressed that he believed in the way Sarri wanted Chelsea to play.
Hazard usually plays on the left now that Gonzalo Higuain has arrived to play central striker with either Pedro or Willian often on the other flank.
“When we have the ball, we have a lot of freedom, not just me but the striker and the right Willian or Pedro, so we can move a lot.”