Jose Mourinho is the 'Normal One', says Eden Hazard

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Eden Hazard says Jose Mourinho's humble approach to management doesn't represent his famous nickname ' The Special One'.

The Chelsea forward feels so strongly about this that he says he refuses to call him by the tagline given to him after his first press conference as Chelsea manager in 2004.

Instead Hazard, who has been Chelsea's standout player this season, calls him something else.

Speaking to Belgium news outlet Het Laatste Nieuws, Hazard revealed: "Mourinho and I have a normal relationship.

"He says things straight in your face and I like it. They may call him The Special One, but for me he's the Normal One."

Although Hazard has personally stripped Mourinho of his special title, he admits that the Chelsea manager reserves especially high praise for him.

"He calls me the best player of my generation and it is a huge compliment," Hazard added.

"I try to be my best. With periods I can be the best of my generation, but there will be periods when others will be.

"I still have some work to do, I have to score more goals, have to give more key passes. What I'm doing now, but then twice as much.

"The five top candidates for the Ballon d'Or score all the time. I hope to achieve their level one day."

Hazard was speaking after Belgium's 2-2 friendly draw with the Ivory Coast in which he picked up an ankle knock after coming on as a substitute.

Despite some significant swelling, Hazard is expected to be fit for Chelsea's crucial Premier League tie against Tottenham this weekend.

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