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Statistically, this is Eden Hazard’s best season since joining Chelsea in the summer of 2012.

The Belgian captain has been in incredible form this season, scoring 16 goals and providing 12 assists in the Premier League.

Hazard admits that Maurizio Sarri’s way of playing has helped him reach new heights. 

“Statistically it’s my best season,” Hazard told Sky Sports.

“The way he (Sarri) thinks in football is the way I think in football. So it’s easy to understand each other.

“OK, sometimes we lost, but at the end the way he wants us to play is the same way I want Chelsea to play. That’s why we have a good relationship.”

Questioned on whether he would look to start a ‘new experience’ with Real this summer, Hazard insisted that his focus remains on helping Chelsea finish the season strongly.

“I don’t want to talk about that to be fair,” Hazard said. “I am focused on the last month with Chelsea and then we’ll see what happens.’

Asked why it had taken Chelsea’s squad so long to learn Sarri’s style and put it into practice, Hazard said: “We are working a lot because this manager is different than Conte, different than (Jose) Mourinho.

“So when you have managers like that, it’s not easy to change everything.

“I think we showed – in two, three weeks – that we adapt well with this manager and now we want to finish the season well.”

Chelsea fans have urged the club to sack Sarri but Hazard insists it’s not simple to play the style of football that Sarri demands.

“I think he’s a fantastic manager,” Hazard said. “Coming here after (Antonio) Conte was not easy.

“He came here with his own ideas to play football and I think we did quite well.

“It’s not simple to play the football he wants to play. But I think now we start to understand how he want to play.

“We still need to adapt a little bit but for a first season we reached the Carabao Cup final, we can still be in the top four and we can win a European cup.

“I think the season is good. Now we just see at the end of the season what we can have. If it’s a good season or not depends on the trophies.”

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