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Eden Hazard Admits Chelsea Teammate May Leave Stamford Bridge

Eden Hazard Admits Chelsea Teammate May Leave Stamford Bridge

Antonio Conte may not have got much wrong since becoming Chelsea manager last Summer, but there's one player who the Italian hasn't been able to utilise to his full potential.

The former Juventus and Italy boss is famed for his man management prowess, yet £30m Summer arrival Michy Batshuayi has spent much of his debut season at Stamford Bridge watching on from the sidelines, unable to make an impression.

And, according to his Chelsea teammate and Belgian compatriot Eden Hazard, it may be in the former Marseille man's best interests to pursue a move away from Stamford Bridge in order to advance his career.

Batshuayi has scored just one Premier League goal, this season, making only 16 appearances in the process. His record in all competitions isn't much better, with five goals in 22 games.

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Batshuayi celebrates his solitary Premier League goal in a Chelsea shirt. Image: PA

Compare this record to his 23 goals in 50 appearances during his last season with l'OM, and it's clear to see that the 23-year-old has gone backwards since moving to the Premier League.

It's a fact not lost on Hazard, who has comented on his countryman's situation with the Blues.

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Speaking to DH, Hazard said, "He must try to play more at Chelsea. Or he finds another club to bounce back.

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"It is not easy, he had a good season in Marseille, a season with being able to play and score."

Batshuayi's future at Stamford Bridge has come under the microscope even more in recent weeks with Antonio Conte being heavily linked with several strikers, including former Blues forward, Romelu Lukaku, who is refusing to sign a new contract with Everton, ahead of an expected departure from Goodison Park, this Summer.

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A former Blue could be drafted back in to replace Batshuayi, this Summer. Image: PA

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Lukaku left Chelsea for the Toffees in a £28m deal three years ago and has since blossomed into one of the most prolific strikers in Europe. Given Chelsea's lack of strength in depth up front beyond Diego Costa, with Conte not trusting Batshuayi, a move for Lukaku seems likely, thus probably leading to the former Marseille man leaving the Premier League leaders, either on loan or permanently.

Has Batshuayi been hard done by since his move from Marseille or has the Belgian not done enough since arriving at Chelsea?

Have your say in the comments section.

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(H/T Goal)

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Michy Batshuayi, Eden Hazard, Football, Chelsea FC

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Joe Baiamonte

Northerner. Assistant Editor of SPORTbible. Studied Journalism and Broadcasting in a portakabin on a car park of Salford University for three years. Believes football peaked with Serie A in the '90s and strong-arms pro wrestling references into as many articles as possible. Neymar once took 50 euros off me during a game of poker.