Chelsea and Manchester United will meet each other at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, and one man all eyes will be on is Eden Hazard.
Hazard has been the best player in the league so far this season, and is being tipped for the Ballon d’Or. The Chelsea star has scored seven goals in eight league outings and Jose Mourinho will be wary of what his former player can do.
Hazard recently admitted that he will love to player under Mourinho again after the pair fell out in Jose’s last season as Chelsea boss.
Asked about his relationship with Mourinho earlier this week, Hazard told HLN: “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.
“But if I’m now asked one coach with whom I want to work again, then I say: Mourinho.
“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.”
Ahead of this afternoon’s clash at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho has revealed that he’ll like to have Hazard in his squad but admitted that Chelsea will never sell their most prized asset.
“I would love to have him at United but I don’t think Chelsea will sell him,” Mourinho said.
“Chelsea is led by intelligent and experienced people and they would never sell Eden to Manchester United.
“He is a nice kid. We had a good relationship. We were champions together.
“He was for the first time the best player in the league with me, so I think the feelings are good.”