Antonio Conte has met with Eden Hazard to discuss the Belgian international’s future and expects him to now stay at Stamford Bridge.
That’s the word from the Daily Mail, who claim that despite rumours of late suggesting that the former Lille man would be the first major casualty of Conte’s west London campaign, he is now set to continue his career in England.
Conte and Hazard meet
In the rumoured meeting, Conte is believed to have outlined how Hazard will fit into his Chelsea squad next season. The winger, in turn, now privately is of the belief that he will continue with the Blues.
That may come as a relative surprise to some, particularly given how poorly Hazard has fared with Chelsea this year. The 25-year-old was named the PFA Player of the Year during the 2014/15 campaign but has failed to score a single goal this term.
On top of that, his on-pitch demeanour has belied a player who very much looked to have given up at Stamford Bridge. His drop in form has synced effortlessly with Chelsea’s drop from Premier League champions to a side that was perilously close to the relegation zone around Christmas time.
Of course, as the old saying goes, form is supposedly temporary, while class permanent.
Fans might argue that point given the change in fortunes suffered by the likes of Fernando Torres and Radamel Falcao - who coincidentally both did/have endured struggles as Chelsea players, but it’s safe to assume Hazard’s loss of form is merely a blip in what has otherwise been a thus far stellar career.
Football fans, do you agree? Is keeping Hazard the right move from Conte? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box provided.