Some of Chelsea’s players are afraid that their manager Antonio Conte’s safety first tactics will force Eden Hazard to leave the club.
The Blues came in for some stinging criticism for their negative display during their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City this weekend, with some pundits labelling their uber defensive tactical approach as “anti-football,” and “disgarceful.”
Chelsea’s best player Hazard admitted his dissatisfaction with being asked to play as a false nine at the Etihad last weekend, and according to a report in the Telegraph today several of his team-mates believe he would rather join a club that is prepared to go toe-to-toe with other elite sides.
The Belgium international is currently stalling on signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge worth a reported £300,000 per week.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are said to be interested in signing the talented 26-year-old, although Chelsea are said to be unwilling to sell him to a Premier League rival – even if they are offered a world record transfer fee.
Hazard has been linked with Real Madrid for several seasons now, so if he is to leave this summer the Bernabeu seems like his most likely destination.