Hazard prefers central role

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Eden Hazard says while he prefers to play as a number 10, he is working hard to replicate the form he showed for Chelsea during their title-winning campaign.

Hazard scooped the PFA Player of the Year award following a phenomenal 2014/15 season where he was utilised on the left flank by Jose Mourinho as Chelsea claimed their fifth league title.

New Blues boss Antonio Conte also prefers the Belgian to play out wide although he proved just how effective he could be from a more central position for Belgium during the international break.

Ahead of Chelsea's clash with Leicester this weekend, he said: "I like to play as a number 10. I think I have more freedom offensively. 

"For Belgium, we have full backs who run hard and create a lot of space, which is good and I like to play there.

"I don’t know if I will play there at Chelsea. You need to ask the manager! I play on the left hand side and I try to do the best I can.

"It’s true I like to play as a 10. Sometimes at Chelsea we don’t play with system with a number 10, too. I don’t think Chelsea wants to change just for me (to play) as a 10. I did well in the past as a left winger and for now, I am trying to get back to that best again."