‘One coach whom I want to work with again? Jose Mourinho’: Eden Hazard launches passionate defence of under-fire Manchester United boss and reveals he said ‘sorry’ after the Portuguese was sacked by Chelsea
- Eden Hazard admits he felt guilty over Jose Mourinho’s sacking by Chelsea
- He regrets how things ended and admits 2015-16 was worst season of his career
- Belgian star claims he was ‘totally out of shape’ after asking for extra holiday
- Hazard says it was not enjoyable and that he messaged Mourinho to say sorry
Eden Hazard wants to work with Jose Mourinho again and regrets how things ended for the Manchester United boss at Chelsea.
In a revealing interview with Belgian outlet, Hazard blames himself for Mourinho’s acrimonious departure from Stamford Bridge.
And he has promised to stop talking about Real Madrid after once again teasing the possibility of a move to the Spanish giants this week.
After leading Chelsea to a third Premier League triumph in 2014-15 Mourinho was sacked by Christmas after a horrendous start to their title defence.
Hazard admits the start to the 2015-16 season was the worst of his career, and has defended Mourinho’s style of play in the face of accusations it is negative.
‘Mourinho’s image of an extremely defensive coach isn’t completely right. He is far from adventurous like Guardiola, but the season in which we became champions, we made many goals and played good games.
‘The last season under Mourinho was not enjoyable. We didn’t win, we got into a sort of routine, training without having fun, it was better for all parties that we parted ways.
‘But if I’m asked now about one coach with whom I want to work again, I would say Mourinho.’
He believes Chelsea could have gone on to become a force under Mourinho, but regrets that they fell into a ‘negative cycle’ that forced his departure in December 2015.
He admits to feeling guilty over the Portuguese’s exit, and claims he even messaged him to apologise.