According to a report on The Telegraph, Chelsea players are worried Eden Hazard will leave Stamford Bridge this summer if Antonio Conte remains as manager next season.
The players reportedly believe Conte’s safety-first tactics have frustrated Hazard.
Amid growing concerns over his relationship with star player Eden Hazard, Conte is set to pay the price for his battles with the board and members of his squad, the report on The Telegraph claims.
Chelsea are prepared to pay Hazard over £300,000-a-week to stay at Stamford Bridge but the Belgian is yet to commit to a new deal. Hazard will have just two years remaining in his Chelsea contract when this season ends and Chelsea are desperate for him to sign a new deal.
Conte’s insistence that Chelsea’s squad lacks the necessary experience has been undermined by the fact that he dumped Diego Costa, Chelsea’s highest goalscorer last season, by text message and has frozen out Luiz from the team after their disagreement in the group stage Champions League defeat to Roma. Both players have all the experience Chelsea needed.
Earlier this month, Hazard made it clear that he was unhappy with Conte’s tactics following the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in which the Belgian played as a false nine, while Chelsea failed to register a shot on target.
“When you leave the pitch you have the impression that you’ve run, but that you haven’t played a game of football,” Hazard said after the defeat to Manchester City.
“That’s a pity. We could have played on for three hours and I wouldn’t [have been able to] touch a ball.”