Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is unconcerned if being substituted influences Eden Hazard to stay unhappy in Stamford Bridge, expressing his priority is to win matches.
The Belgian international missed pre-season subsequent to fracturing his ankle while on international obligation with Belgium in June and did not show up for the season until September 9.
The 27-year-old, who a week ago expressed he would confer his long-term future to Chelsea notwithstanding detailed interest from Real Madrid, has completed a full 90-minutes in just eight of his 28 outings in all competitions this term.
Supporters booed when Hazard was substituted before the hour mark in Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Leicester City. However, Conte guaranteed he is doing whatever it takes not to exhaust the Belgian.
“We’re discussing a player that as of late had a terrible ankle injury and had surgery when you have this kind of circumstance you should give careful consideration since you can have high points and low points,” he said ahead of Wednesday’s FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich City.
“He missed the pre-season with us, as well. With him, we are attempting to find the ideal way. It’s normal that one player can’t generally be in top form. But my task is to improve him and to place him in the best physical condition.
Inquired as to whether Hazard agrees with that approach, an aggravated Conte answered: “This isn’t imperative. I am the boss, I decide. It isn’t important if the player is happy or not, just here [in England] is there this circumstance.
“You are very worried about whether a player is happy or not. This is not important.
“My first task is to do the best for the player and for the club, not to make every single player happy. Otherwise, we’d risk finishing 20th on the table.
“Every press conference there is always this question about whether I’m worried about making my players happy. No. I’m worried about winning.”
After a noteworthy start to life at Stamford Bridge, Alvaro Morata has struggled hard as of late and is without a goal in five games.
Conte feels the ex-Real Madrid man needs more confidence in his ability to bring the droop to an end.
“It’s normal when your striker doesn’t score, you are a bit frustrated,” said the Italian.
“He had chances to score. In this period he was a bit unlucky, he has to continue work and improve.
“He has to continue to trust in himself. It is important also that his teammates trust him. We’ll see if this situation can change.”
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