Maurizio Sarri backs 'immense' Eden Hazard to become even better for Chelsea


"After the title, we had asked Mourinho for extra holidays".

Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford, at some point Jose Mourinho has had issue with all of those Manchester United players. "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", he told Belgian newspaper HLN.

"In 12 years I've only had one bad season, the last six months with Mourinho and partly it was my fault".

And the Red Devils may have just kickstarted their season after a remarkable comeback against Newcastle last weekend.

Speaking further, Hazard regrets he could have emerged a better player under Mourinho, but acknowledged that he has made efforts to make up with the respected football.

A fairly turbulent time spent working with Antonio Conte at Chelsea did deliver another Premier League title for Hazard & co.

"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".

A number of high-profile Chelsea players - including Hazard - failed to produce their best displays during that period, and the Belgium worldwide has revealed that he has regrets over the situation. We had a team that could win more trophies.

According to him, moving to Spain serves him the best opportunity to win the coveted award especially with his current fine form.

"Mourinho's image of an extremely defensive coach isn't completely right", Hazard said. Then he is a friend of yours - you can do whatever you want. Want one day off, he gives you two.

On the idea of joining Madrid, meanwhile, Hazard remains philosophical, adding: 'Let me put it this way: if I ever play for Real Madrid, I will be very happy, and if I will never play for Real Madrid, it is because it is not allowed.