MOURINHO REVEALS THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HAZARD

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Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho reportedly fell out with Eden Hazard before he was sacked by Chelsea during the 2015-16 season.

As Chelsea struggled that season, Mourinho singled out the Belgian, questioning his work rate and effort for the team.

Mourinho has now denied falling out with Hazard during his time as Chelsea boss with the Portuguese insisting he has a good relationship with Hazard.

“No! No! Hazard with me was voted the best player in the Premier League. He won the award,” Mourinho told beIN Sports.

“No, no way. I have a good relationship with him.”

Mourinho also spoke about Mohamed Salah’s brief spell at Chelsea, claiming the Egyptian wasn’t physically ready for the Premier League.

Salah joined Chelsea in 2013 and scored two goals in 13 league appearances, including a goal in Chelsea’s 6-0 win over Arsenal in March 2014.

He was loaned to Fiorentina before being sold to Roma in 2016. He signed for Liverpool last season and scored 44 goals in his debut season for the club.

Mourinho told BeIN Sports: “I asked Chelsea to sign Mohamed Salah, he was inexperienced and not prepared physically to adapt to the style of play in Premier League.

“Now, he is physically and mentally strong and well adapted to Premier League because he went to Italy and gained experience.

“He is a wonderful person and I wanted him to stay at Chelsea but he was looking for more minutes.”

“He arrived at Chelsea coming from Basel,” Mourinho told beIN Sports “He was a lonely boy, a naive boy and physically fragile.

“Then he goes to Italy and has the experience at Fiorentina and Roma.

“When he comes back to England he has completely adapted to the high level of European football with more understanding of the game and physically much stronger, much more confident.

“When the player is obviously talented, years can change the player for the better.”

Meanwhile, Eden Hazard’s assist for Jorginho’s goal against Fulham on Sunday means the Belgian is third player in the club’s history to score and assist 50 Premier League goals. Only Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba reached 50 for Chelsea in the Premier League for both stats.

Drogba scored 104 times and set up 54 goals during his time at Stamford Bridge while Frank Lampard scored 171 times and grabbed 102 assists in 577 league appearances for Chelsea.

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