Eden Hazard has revealed how he wants to play for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in the future.
The Belgian forward is regarded as one of the best players in the Premier League and has been heavily linked with a move to European champions Real Madrid in recent months.
However, it is Man United boss Mourinho who Hazard is hoping to be managed by in the future.
It was thought that Hazard and Mourinho fell out in the Portuguese coach’s last few months in his second spell at Chelsea. Hazard was one of a number of players who supporters of the London club blamed for Mourinho being sacked.
Yet Hazard has revealed that he had a great relationship with Mourinho and wants to play under him again.
“The last season under Mourinho was not pleasant anymore, we didn’t win, we got into a sort of routine, training-training without having fun, it was better for all parties that the collaboration came to an end. If I’m now asked one coach with whom I want to work again, then I say: Mourinho,” Hazard told Belgian newspaper HLN, to the outlet’s surprise.
After HLN questioned the comment, Hazard explained why Mourinho is such a great manager to work under.
“If the results are poor, he starts criticising his players – you know that, but afterwards I’ve been able to accept that, it’s part of his character.
“If you win, Mourinho is the best coach you can imagine. Then he is a friend of yours – you can do whatever you want (laughs). Want one day off, he gives you two. If everything goes well, Mourinho will experience football like me: with ease.
“Even his own image of an extremely defensive coach was not too bad. He is far from adventurous like Guardiola, but the year in which we became champions, we have made many goals and played good games.
“I do not regret many things in my career, but that I have not been able to work with Mourinho at Chelsea anymore (is one). We had a team to get a lot of prizes, but we just ended up in a negative spiral.”
It’s a fascinating insight into Mourinho’s management and Hazard’s words appear to strike a resonance with his current situation at United.
Many players have spoken of their love for Mourinho. Those players are usually those in the Portuguese’s successful sides where, as Hazard says, the relationship between manager and player is at its best.