The former Premier League champions Chelsea had a fear of losing their star man Eden Hazard, had their former Italian manager Antonio Conte remained at the club. The basic reason behind such speculation raised due to lack of freedom for the Belgian sensation.
Eden Hazard joined The Blues from the West London back in 2012 from the French side Lille for a deal worth £32 million. Since then the player has been proving his worth being one of the best players in the Premier League. But in the previous season under the management of Conte, he was forced to play at the central forward role, which is sheerly against the playing position of the Belgian.
Reportedly, the winger has been phenomenal since the commencement of the new season under the new manager Maurizio Sarri. He has scored 5 goals in total including one hattrick in his only two starts for his side. The reason behind such performance is clearly visible to everyone and it is the player’s freedom on the pitch.
The 27-years-old winger had been linked with a move to the Spanish giants Real Madrid for a long time. The presence of the French legend Zinedine Zidane as the manager of the club catalysed the speculation. After a successful campaign in the World Cup, the Belgian international publicly showed his desire of joining the Spanish side.
“After Belgium beat England in the World Cup, Hazard gave an interview where he basically said he wanted to go to Real Madrid, Chelsea never really had any worries about him,” Matt Law (The Telegraph correspondent) said Sunday Supplement, “They were categorical that they were not going to sell him and they knew he was not going to kick off. They were relaxed by the fact he would be fine and they would not suffer any problems. They knew he would not be like Thibaut Courtois, who went AWOL to get his move to Madrid over the line. They knew Hazard would not sulk and would be absolutely fine.”
Law insisted that any player would love to stay happy if the family is happy and it was particularly missing at the end of the previous season under Conte. So, Chelsea must be keen on keeping the player happy more to retain his service for a long time.
“There was no panic at Chelsea and that told you everything about him as a lad and a character. Whether the Real Madrid link has gone or comes back, if Hazard stays at Chelsea for the rest of his career I think he will be perfectly happy as long as he is playing in a team that allows him to be free and score he will be happy,” he added, “That was the problem at the end of Conte’s tenure. He didn’t feel free and there was a really big fear at Chelsea that if Conte had stayed that would be when Hazard would look to go.”
Law believes that the player in on the way of reaching the levels of the superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as he is delivering the figures alike them. “It’s been a fantastic start for Chelsea and if you get Hazard firing you’ve always got a chance,” he added, “His numbers are ridiculous at the moment. With Belgium in 27 games it’s 14 goals and 14 assists, that’s Messi and Ronaldo level of numbers. He’s already got five goals for Chelsea. He’s really influencing matches, taking over games and has stepped up a level for Belgium and now for Chelsea.”