Sarri's wishes are Hazard's command
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."
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