Eden Hazard says ‘is loath to captain Chelsea as John Terry still around’


Eden Hazard says he could not captain Chelsea in the way John Terry does after being handed the armband for Belgium.

Belgium named Hazard as captain for their friendly against the Netherlands on Wednesday, despite Vincent Kompany being included in the initial line-up, and the 25-year-old will again lead his country in their World Cup Qualifier against Estonia on Sunday

Hazard has high hopes for leading Belgium but revealed he is reluctant to think about becoming Chelsea captain while Terry is around.

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“It’s good to be the captain, I enjoy this,” Hazard said. “I try to be a leader on the pitch, maybe it’s new for me now, maybe one year I’m the captain. Hazard told Sky Sports.

Asked if he could see himself becoming Chelsea captain, Hazard said: “I don’t know, we will see.

“John Terry is still there. I don’t want to touch John Terry. I can’t be like John Terry, I can’t be like him. As a captain I don’t talk too much, I try to talk with my feet on the pitch. This is my job.”

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Hazard, who has five goals in his last five games for Chelsea, has put his improved performances for his club down to Antonio Conte’s choice of a 3-4-3 formation, admitting it relieves him of certain duties.

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