Chelsea hosts Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, May 9, as the Premier League season winds down.
Although Hazard and Olivier Giroud were named on the bench, Conte denied he was prioritising next weekend's FA Cup final against Manchester United.
But former Blues fullback Mario Melchiot believes Conte is sending the wrong signals, telling talkSPORT: "If you don't play him you are nearly giving him an answer like: 'If I'm not playing why would I want to stay?'"
GETTY Tony Cascarino playing for the Republic of Ireland
Conte has yet to confirm his departure, but with Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri the bookies' favourite to replace the former Italy coach, it is surely a matter of time. "To make rotation, it means playing with players like [Alvaro] Morata, Willian and [Andreas] Christensen, players who usually are in the lineup from the start". We tried to win the game until the end. Football is simple. If you want to win, you have to score one goal more than your opponent.
"It's stupid if we think rotation was a problem". Alvaro Morata spurned yet another glorious chance to prove his critics wrong, whilst Antonio Rudiger missed a gilt-edged opportunity from all of three yards out after a Cesar Azpilicueta knockdown had landed at pace towards the onrushing German defender. People said that lineup was not good, but we won. I think we must give a best compliment to Huddersfield for this result.
According to Goal, however, Chelsea are "unlikely" to let their man go for less than the €75 million they spent on him, and "there is a feeling around the club" that he will improve.