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Sarri's wishes are Hazard's command

29th December 2018, 15:41 by Chris Rivers

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard says he has a good relationship with Maurizio Sarri and is happy to be his No.9 for now.

Chelsea boss Sarri has deployed Belgium star Hazard as a 'false nine' in recent weeks ahead of natural target men Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.

Hazard boasted a Premier League-high direct hand in 19 goals at the season's halfway stage, leaving Italian manager Sarri happy with the 27-year-old's more central role.

Hazard himself has continually insisted he prefers to play on the wing but has again moved to insist he has a strong relationship with Sarri - and will play wherever needed.

"Sarri told me before the season started that playing as a number nine could be an option," said Hazard. "It is good not just to be a target man, but also as a false nine where I can move, I can drop, I can go deep, I can go on the wing.

"I like to change a lot but we also have two great strikers. We will see. It depends on who is on the pitch.

"He's a good guy, he's from another generation because he's an older man, but he is close with the players.

"He is laughing a lot with us, and then when we are on the pitch we are working a lot also. It's not just fun."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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