Eden Hazard has admitted that he wants to work with Jose Mourinho once again, despite the Belgian being one of the main reasons that he was sacked from his second spell at Chelsea.
Mourinho guided Chelsea to the Premier League title in the 2014/15 season, with Hazard being the Blues star player, scoring 19 goals in all competitions, which is still the most prolific the 27-year-old has been during his time at Stamford Bridge.
However, by the end of 2015, Jose Mourinho had been sacked for a second time by Roman Abramovich, having steered the Champions to one of the worst title defences in history, leaving the West London club in 16th, with Hazard’s goal tally dropping to just six for the entire season.
Now, despite being one of the main reasons that Mourinho was sacked, Hazard has admitted that he feels guilty that he didn’t perform for the Portuguese, and that he would like to play under the current Manchester United boss again.
“In 12 years I’ve only had one bad season, the last six months under Mourinho and it was partly my own fault. After the title, we asked Mourinho for extra holidays. I came back totally out of shape,” he told Belgian newspaper HLN.
“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.
“I don’t regret many things in my career, but that I have not been able to work with Mourinho at Chelsea anymore is one of them.
“We had a team that could win more trophies. We just ended up in a negative cycle.
“I sent him a message to say I was sorry he had gone and that I was sorry. We’d enjoyed all that success together, but this time we hadn’t.
“I felt a little bit guilty because I’d been Player of the Year. I’d been one of the most decisive players, and then I performed less.”
While Hazard is in the form of his life and is openly talking about a potential dream move to Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho is once again under pressure, with speculation persisting about his job at Old Trafford.