Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes Eden Hazard does not have the qualities to lead Chelsea as he is an individual player rather than a team player.
Despite being captain of the Belgium national team, Sarri doesn’t believe Hazard has the characteristics of a leader.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg clash with Tottenham, Sarri said: “At this moment Hazard is more of an individual player. He is very important to us because he’s a great player. He can always win the match in two minutes or one minute.
“At the moment he is not a leader but a great player – one of the best in the world.
“We have some players with the characteristics to be a leader. Azpilicueta and Luiz. I think they can help the other players.”
Hazard has just one year left in his Chelsea contract and has been constantly linked with a move to Spanish club Real Madrid.
Sarri also revealed Hazard is yet to make up his mind.
“I know very well he is discussing with the club but I don’t know anything else at the moment,” explained Sarri.
“I don’t think he’s decided if he wants to stay here or wants another experience at another club.
“I think he has to do more because the potential is higher than the performances. He needs to respect himself. You know very well that Eden is a wonderful player but he’s an individual player. He’s an instinctive player.”
Sarri has played Hazard as a false nine since the 2-0 win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge but many believe we aren’t seeing the best of Hazard in the position.
According to Sarri, it’s difficult for Hazard to play as a striker because he likes to go in the direction of the ball and wants to be given the freedom to play everywhere on the pitch.
“For him it’s very difficult to play in only one position,” Sarri added. “He likes very much to go in the direction of the ball. It’s very difficult for him to play as a striker and a winger. He wants to play everywhere on the pitch.”
Hazard recently talked about his future in an interview with France Football.
“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.”