Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed one reason why Chelsea star Eden Hazard shouldn’t be captain.
According to Fabregas, Hazard is too quiet off the pitch and doesn’t talk or get involved in things and based on those qualities, he would not give Hazard the armband if he was coach.
“With Eden, one thing I can say is that outside of the pitch, if I was a coach, I would never give him the armband,” Fabregas told Chelsea’s official website. “He is very quiet, he doesn’t talk or get involved in many things.”
Fabregas also revealed Hazard’s timid persona off the pitch is a far cry from the leadership qualities the Belgian shows on the pitch during matchdays.
While Fabregas believes Hazard isn’t captain material off the pitch, he believes the Belgian is a captain on the pitch.
“But on the pitch, I could give him the armband,” Fabregas added.
“He is a leader: he always wants the ball, he always wants to make things happen. Yes, sometimes it doesn’t come off, this is the Premier League, a tough league, but he always tries. For every team he plays for, Belgium or Chelsea, he is a very important player.”
Hazard responded to Fabregas’ comments about him.
“I understand what Cesc is saying,” Hazard told Chelsea’s official website as he responds to Fabregas’ comments about him.
“I think exactly the same. Now I am the captain of Belgium, but for me it was strange because I know off the pitch I am not a leader. When I am on the pitch, in a different way to John Terry or Vincent Kompany for Belgium, for sure I am a leader.
“I want the ball when we are in a bit of trouble so I can try to help. On the pitch I enjoy that responsibility a lot. When the team needs me, I try to do my best.
“Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t, but I never try to hide when we are struggling.”
Fabregas also revealed recently that Hazard is underrated.
“He is very good playing with his back to goal,” Fabregas said.
“That’s a difficult quality, especially in England. They press you high, they go in very hard, and he has this strong body with low gravity. He is very quick on the turn.
“For players like me who always try to play between the lines, it helps a lot. That’s why I basically look for him all the time. I also think he is very underrated with his final ball. He has got a lot of good vision. He is intelligent. He doesn’t just dribble and then pass it back. There is a purpose to everything Eden does.”