English Premiership

Hazard: I've frustrated all my managers

2019-01-22 12:03
Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard (AP)

Cape Town - Eden Hazard has admitted his modest goalscoring record has been a source of frustration for all of the managers he has played under at Chelsea.

The 28-year-old has never managed to breach the 20-goal mark in his time at Stamford Bridge, with his biggest output coming in the 2016/17 campaign as he netted 16 goals to help the Blues clinch the Premier League title.

The 2017/18 season was a major source of frustration for everyone connected with the club as the Blues slumped to a fifth-place finish.

Hazard finished that campaign as the club's top scorer with 12 goals in 34 Premier League appearances.

When asked if his goal output had frustrated former Blues boss Antonio Conte, Hazard told France Football: "I didn't just frustrate Conte.

"In my career I've frustrated all my managers, and now, I'm frustrating Sarri. I frustrated Mourinho.

"They all think you need to score more, do more of this and more of that. I'll also frustrate the next manager I have.

"If this season, I finish 30 goals and 20 assists, we will all say: 'Oh yeah, exceptional'. Even if I make matches all rotten. But that's not what I want. I do not care [about it]!

"I may be a part in the best players in the world. Because the best think goals, passes, trophies. And I have never been like that. So yes, maybe ... After that, in professional football, there are a lot of players like me who want to have fun."

Hazard has been long-term target for Real Madrid and looked poised to depart Stamford Bridge after the 2018 World Cup before having a change of heart and opting to stay in London.

"After the World Cup, I wanted to leave, but in the end, I stayed at Chelsea and I'm playing one of best seasons so far," he explained.

"So, I don't think that I need a different challenge. But that doesn't mean that I will become better."

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