Eden Hazard has risked the wrath of his Chelsea manager by insisting that he does not need to track back and help out in defense.
The Belgian playmaker has been criticised in the past for not contributing enough on the defensive side of things but he claims that his perfect player does not need to know how to cover back.
Speaking to France Football magazine, Hazard tried to build his ‘perfect player’ – and admitted that Antonio Conte might not be so impressed with his decision.
“You don’t need that,” Hazard joked to France Football, as translated by Sport Witness.
“You can write that. Don’t tell Conte, but you can write that it’s pointless. If you defend too much, you tire yourself out. If I’ve spent the whole game defending, forget about me being useful after the 60th minute, and I’m quite fit.
“There are people who are meant to defend, while others are there to attack. After that, it’s up to the manager. If that’s what he wants, you need to do it, otherwise you sit on the bench. I defend too. I don’t like it, but I have to with Antonio [Conte].”
Chelsea confident Eden Hazard will sign new £300,000-a-week deal
Chelsea are confident of tying Eden Hazard down to a new £300,000-a-week deal that will see him become the highest paid player in the club’s history.
Hazard signed a five-and-a-half-year deal in February 2015 but Chelsea are keen to hand him improved terms to thwart off interest from Real Madrid.
The Belgian admitted in August that he is ‘waiting’ to sign a new deal and Antonio Conte is wary of letting the issue remain unresolved until next summer.
Hazard currently earns around £200,000-a-week but Chelsea are confident that he will sign a new long-term deal worth around £300,000-a-week, according to the Telegraph.
That would see Hazard become the highest paid player in the club’s history and would be a sizeable coup for the Blues given the interest from La Liga.
Hazard could start in Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday and will be hoping to prove his credentials on the big stage.
The Belgian’s scored just five times in 31 European appearances for the Blues.
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