Play me in No.10 role!, Hazard tells Conte



Eden Hazard has expressed his desire to play as a No.10, rather than on the left, but insists he will ‘do the best he can’ regardless of Antonio Conte’s choice of formation.

Following a disappointing 2015/16 campaign, the 25-year-old is rediscovering his form and starred for Belgium during the international break, scoring in both outings for Roberto Martinez’s Red Devils.

And Hazard puts his success down to his national manager shifting him into a central role, a position in which he believes he can adopt at Stamford Bridge.

“I like to play as a No.10,” Hazard is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “Sometimes at Chelsea we don’t play a system with a No.10, though.

“I don’t know if I will play there at Chelsea. You need to ask the manager! I play on the left-hand side and I try to do the best I can.

“I don’t think Chelsea want to change just for me, just so I can play as a 10.

“I think I have more freedom offensively. For Belgium, we have full-backs who run hard and create a lot of space, which is good and I like to play there.”

While Hazard is keen to carry his international form into the Premier League with Chelsea, he has promised Blues fans he will continue working hard in a wider position.

He added: “I did well in the past as a left winger, though, and for now I am trying to get back to that best again.”