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Eden Hazard questions striker swoop

Eden Hazard says Chelsea do not need to sign a new targetman as Leicester's Islam Slimani is the latest to be linked with a move.

Blues boss Antonio Conte has been heavily linked with moves for Peter Crouch, Andy Carroll, Edin Djeko and now Slimani, before the closure of the transfer window as he searches for another option to Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi.

However Hazard has now chipped in with his opinion and says a targetman is not needed as Chelsea should be playing their football on the deck and not be looking to go long to a big striker up top.

"I think we're happy with the team we have. It depends how you want to play," he told the London Evening Standard. "We have two very good strikers in Alvaro and Michy. If they are not ready to play I can play striker, so I don't think we need [another one].

"Football is simple - keep the ball on the ground and try [to play] like we did [against Brighton].

"Because we are missing chances people are saying we need another striker, but if we are scoring goals, we are the best attack in the league and no-one can say we need a striker."

Manchester City have Sergio Aguero and Hazard was quick to pick up on this, adding: "It's simple. If you want to play with long balls you need a target man, if you want to keep the ball on the floor you need a small guy."

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