Hazard And Hiddink In Showdown Talks


The Belgium international’s form has nosedived in 2015-16, with only one club goal to his name so far this season, and the Blues are keen to address his performances

Chelsea have spoken to Eden Hazard about his need to rediscover his form after a poor season, Guus Hiddink has revealed.

After lighting up the Premier League in 2014-15, being named Player of the Year for his part in the Blues’ title triumph, the Belgium international has scored only one goal for the club this time around.

“He was in a difficult situation but he has to step up,” Hiddink told reporters. “He knows that from our talks with him.”

Hazard has been linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge in the summer and has expressed an interest in working with Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane but the Chelsea boss is adamant that there is “no sign [that] he’s eager to go”.

“I had very short conversations with him about the situation,” Hiddink continued. “He is very keen to be here.”

Manchester City are next up for Chelsea on Sunday as they face off in the FA Cup and, though confirming that captain John Terry will not yet be fit to return to the side, the Dutchman has no plans to rest key players against Manuel Pellegrini’s men, who have lost their last two games.

“We take a very serious approach to the FA Cup,” he remarked. “They were a bit unlucky in the last games but a big team always reacts. We are warned.”

January loan signing Alexandre Pato could potentially be in line for his first appearance as he works to reach match fitness.

Hiddink explained: “He is now in third week of pre-season, getting fitter and fitter. We’ll see results of tests when he can play.”

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