Ahead of their vital FA Cup clash with Manchester City this weekend, Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has called on struggling superstar midfielder Eden Hazard to ‘step up’ his game so that the end result is better than their disappointing finish against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
In an interview on Friday [per the Daily Mail], Hiddink said that Hazard’s attitude has been an issue but he believes that the issues can be resolved through conversations.
‘It is not just attitude. He was in a difficult situation, he has to step up,’ Hiddink said. ‘We have talks with him, although I don’t like broad talks to take hours, but small conversations to take him to the next level, which is what he wishes.
‘Sometimes we see what he is able to do. We hope to see the old Hazard more frequently. He can show more, he is aware of that. Now it is up to him.’
Hiddink also dismissed recent transfer rumours about Hazard by stating that the Belgian star and his family are happy to be in England.
‘I have had a very short conversation with him and he’s very keen to be here. He has extended his contract, his family is happy here.
‘There has been no sign that he wants to leave the club.’
Hazard has yet to score a goal in either the Premier League or Champions League this season and has just one goal and three assists through 32 matches in all competitions.
Last season, Hazard scored 14 BPL goals and added nine assists en route to PFA Player of the Season honours. He also had three goals and two assists in the Champions League.
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