HAZARD ADMITS HE FRUSTRATES MAURIZIO SARRI

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Reports claimed Eden Hazard wasn’t a happy player under previous Chelsea boss Antonio Conte but the Belgian has played down his feud with Conte.

While insisting he didn’t get frustrated under Conte, Hazard admitted he frustrated Conte and other managers he has worked under. He also admitted he frustrates current Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.

“I did not get frustrated under Conte,” Hazard told France Football.

“In my career, I frustrated all my coaches.

“And here, Sarri, I still frustrate him.

“Jose Mourinho, I frustrated him.

“They think that it is necessary to mark more, to do more here, more that.

“And the next one I will have, I will frustrate him too.”

Hazard has been constantly linked with Real Madrid and has never hidden his dreams of one day making the move to Spain.

He revealed in the interview with France Football that he wanted to leave Stamford Bridge last summer. He also suggested he could now decide to stay long-term at Chelsea.

“I have won everything in England, apart from the Community Shield, but that doesn’t mean that I’m leaving,” Hazard said.

“I have always said that I wanted to explore something different after England. But there are also things that might make me stay.

“After the World Cup, I wanted to leave, but in the end I stayed at Chelsea and I’m playing one of best seasons so far.

“So I don’t think that I need a different challenge. But that doesn’t mean that I will become better.”

Meanwhile, Premier League legend Alan Shearer insists centre forward isn’t Hazard’s best position. Sarri has played Hazard as a false nine in recent weeks with mixed results.

“While you have to look at the players, the Chelsea boss has to look at himself as well,” Shearer wrote in his column for The Sun.

“The loss also summed up why Sarri’s side are the lowest scorers in the Premier League’s top six, with 40 goals in 23 games.

“They are crying out for a top striker and must hope that Gonzalo Higuain can make the difference.

“Because there is no way that centre-forward is Eden Hazard’s best position — and you can tell he does not enjoy playing there.

“The Belgian might offer you glimpses of brilliance there every now and again but you will not get the best out of him using him in that role.

“Hazard likes to have free rein, whether that’s coming in from the left or behind the front man.

“His greatest attribute is running and attacking defenders and he is not always going to be in the best position to do that as a centre-forward.

“Hazard is not a guy who is going to hold the ball up for you and bring people into the game.

“You can’t just knock it up to him and hope he is going to do something.

“So when Chelsea are in wide areas, they have to score the perfect goal because they cannot whip crosses in as they have nobody in the box to win headers.”

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