Eden Hazard has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the last few weeks.
Following Chelsea’s defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, the Belgium international admitted that under Jose Mourinho, the team is suited to a counter-attacking style of football. The 23-year-old was supposedly criticising his manager.
Mourinho soon came out and slammed the former Lille winger for not doing enough defensively, claiming that Hazard does not track back enough to help out his team. That sparked suggestions that the attacker could be sold in the summer, with Paris Saint-Germain reported to be closely monitoring the situation at Stamford Bridge.
However, Hazard himself has now given a strong hint that he will remain at Chelsea, dismissing all rumours that he has fallen out with Mourinho.
‘The Premier League is objective number one and this season we were almost in the final of the Champions League, almost champions in the Premier League’, Sky Sports quotes him as saying. ‘I hope next season will be better’.
Hazard has been one of the best players in the Premier League and probably the most outstanding for Chelsea this season. Since his move from Lille in 2012, the Belgian has been very impressive in English football, and it would be foolhardy to let such a promising player go.
Perhaps Hazard needs to do more defensively to help his side. It is common knowledge that Mourinho wants his attacking players to drop back and do their share of the dirty work: even Cristiano Ronaldo did that at Real Madrid. So why not Hazard?