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Sarri - Hazard lacks leadership

23rd January 2019, 19:36 by Tom McGarry

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri does not see Eden Hazard as a leader and remains unsure over the Belgian's long-term future at the club.

Sarri has certainly not minced his words over recent weeks, as he was highly critical of his players in the wake of Saturday's Premier League defeat to Arsenal.

The Italian was quizzed about those comments at his pre-match press conference ahead of the second-leg of Chelsea's Carabao Cup semi-final tie with Tottenham on Thursday.

A lack of leadership was one of the points Sarri was trying to get across and he was quick to point out that, despite being a great player, he does not see Hazard as a leader.

"I don't know, in this moment he's more an individual player than a leader," claimed Sarri. "He's important for us, a great player, he always can win the match in two minutes, sometimes in one minute.

"At the moment, he's not a leader - a great player, one of the best in the world.

"Eden, at the moment, is a wonderful player, but he is an individual player, an instinctive player."

Hazard, who does captain Belgium and played a major role in their run through to the semi-finals of last summer's World Cup, has seen speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid return over the past few days and Sarri admits his long-term future remains up in the air.

"He is discussing with the club, but I don't know anything else," Sarri added. "He's not decided yet he wants to stay here or he wants a new experience in another club.

"Eden, at the moment, doesn't know the final choice."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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