Ex-Chelsea star makes claim about Eden Hazard and Antonio Conte

Graeme Le Saux discusses Eden Hazard's relationship with Antonio Conte at Chelsea

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Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard Photo: Nike

Graeme Le Saux believes that Eden Hazard has a stronger relationship with Antonio Conte than he did with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

The Belgian playmaker was a key player for Chelsea last season as he helped the Blues with the Premier League in Conte’s first campaign in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Their title triumph last term was in stark contrast to their struggles in the season before, when Hazard struggled for form and Chelsea ended up in 10th place in the Premier League table following Mourinho’s sacking.

And former Chelsea star Le Saux believes that Hazard has struck up a very strong relationship with Conte at the west London club.

Le Saux told Betfair: “It interested me that he came out and said that Antonio Conte made him better in ‘just a week’.

“It was likely a slight dig at previous management but it does show they have a strong relationship and that counts for so much.”

Hazard, who missed the start of the season with an ankle problem, will be expecting to start for Chelsea when the Blues take on Crystal Palace in their next Premier League game after the international break on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues are aiming to get back to winning ways in the top flight after the disappointment of their 1-0 loss to Manchester City before the international break.

That result left Chelsea in fourth place in the Premier League table and six points behind leaders Manchester City after seven games of the new campaign.

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