“There’s no chance of Eden going,” said José Mourinho in the wake of PSG’s reported interest in the Chelsea midfielder.
Hazard has been in scintillating form this season, more noticeably since he missed a training session after returning from being a guest of honour for former club Lille’s match against Monaco, incurring the wrath of his manager.
Hazard has scored nine goals and contributed five assists this season in 21 Premier League games, proving that by signing him in 2012, Chelsea didn't just gamble on another midfielder to prevent other clubs from signing him.
This season, Mourinho has preferred the triumvirate of Willian, Hazard and Oscar with the all-action displays favoured over the defensively workshy (apparently) Juan Mata.
Mourinho earns the respect of his players, so if Hazard is to stay, it’s likely that it is Mourinho's influence which keeps him at Stamford Bridge.
On the flip side, Mourinho has, in the past, fallen out with star players, a trend that seems to have started at Real Madrid, with Iker Casillas the most noticeable victim, and is continuing with Mata.
His problem with Mata – Chelsea’s two-time player of the year – appears to be personal rather than performance-related.
But the Spaniard remains a popular member of the Chelsea squad who possesses immense talent, and could walk into most teams in the world.
Mata possesses a rare quality in a footballer - he's likeable - but even his patience is being tested with his noted reaction after being subbed against Southampton and only 13 appearances in the Premier League this season with the majority coming as a substitute.
With Hazard looking set to stay for this season at least, Mata’s days are numbered. But will Mourinho live to regret selling a player who has served the club so well?
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