Chelsea news: Maurizio Sarri reveals surprise update on Eden Hazard’s future

CHELSEA boss Maurizio Sarri says he is considering using Eden Hazard as a centre-forward in the future.

Hazard has been prolific from the wing this season – with eight goals in ten appearances for the Blues.

But Sarri says he can see a scenario where he deploys the Belgian in a more advanced role.

The Chelsea chief has history in making big calls over players’ positions – having converted Hazard’s international team-mate Dries Mertens into a striker at Napoli.

Mertens bagged 22 goals under the Italian last season and a whopping 34 in the campaign before that.

On doing the same thing with Hazard, Sarri said: “I was tempted to use Hazard as a centre-forward and I might consider it again in future.

“But it’s not the right time now. We need to believe in Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata.”

It might only be a matter of time until Sarri changes his mind, though, with his two natural strikers misfiring this term.

Morata has bagged just three goals in ten games, while Giroud has hit the net only once in his eight appearances.

However, Hazard’s future might be of a more pressing concern for the Blues manager.

The 27-year-old has been continuously linked with a move to Real Madrid and recently refused to be drawn on his future.

He also hinted at a possible reunion with former manager Jose Mourinho – with whom he won the Premier League and League Cup in 2014-15.

Sarri has also questioned his star man’s performances despite his blistering start to the season.

Although, he does believe he can become one of the best players in the world if he is willing to work on improving his game.

He said: “Hazard is immense and I don’t think even he knows how much he can still improve.

“I said he could end up in the tight circle of the best three or four players in the world.

“The problem is he plays to enjoy himself and at times doesn’t realise the importance of moving from fun to reaping the rewards.

“At the end of the day, you’ve got to get the fruits of your labour.

“Hazard’s approach is a positive, but it can become a potential limitation too.

“He needs to lift his head up, look around and realise there’s a whole world in front of him that he can dictate with his feet for the good of the collective and not just the individual.”

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