Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has revealed a discussion with Blues manager Jose Mourinho lead to the Belgian international being employed to his favoured number 10 role in recent weeks.
Hazard has endured a tough start to the 2015/16 Premier League season with no goals and only two assists to his name.
However, the 24-year-old, who was named PFA Footballer of the Year among many other individual awards last season, has looked far more comfortable since the positional switch was made prior to Chelsea’s Capital One Cup clash with Stoke City last month.
“We spoke together before the Stoke game. I said to him: ‘Maybe we have to try something, to change something. Maybe I have to play a No.10 because we have to try’,” Hazard explained.
“We did and I played a very good game in the (League) Cup in Stoke. And, [against Norwich], it was the same.
“I tried to play my own game. I didn’t start the season well. I know that. I gave everything in training and on the pitch when I played. Now I hope I can get a lot more form and try to help the team win games.
“It’s my fourth season now, and we won a lot of trophies last season. I won a lot, too. Maybe the attention here is greater now. But I have to play with this responsibility. I try to be the best every time.
“I don’t have a problem with Mourinho. I’ve heard a lot of things about this, but no. Everything is good with him. He is the best manager.
“He is the best manager for Chelsea, and we hope we can win a lot of trophies together. Maybe not this season because it will be difficult, but next season and on.”