Chelsea round-up: Eden Hazard says Mourinho dropped him to send message

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Hazard on Mourinho

It’s fair to assume Eden Hazard was left ruffled by Jose Mourinho’s decision to drop him earlier this season, and the Belgian has since confirmed that he is no longer untouchable at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea forward, far and away one of the best Premier League players last season, has come in for strong criticism of late, and he now thinks Mourinho dropped him to send out a message to other players potentially underperforming.

"It is true that I am no longer untouchable. You can be untouchable when you are playing well, but that has not been the case this season," the 24-year-old said.

"I was even benched against Porto. I think the coach wanted to send out a message by dropping me.

"But we have a large squad at Chelsea and we will need everyone."

Of course, he’s far from alone when it comes to players in a bad patch of form, but he’s arguably the biggest name Mourinho could have dropped.

Simeone interest

Moving on, other reports claim the Special One could be replaced by Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone if things don’t improve.

Mourinho was given the dreaded vote of confidence by his superiors last week, but may well still be walking a tightrope. If he’s given the boot, it appears Simeone is the man they want.

Alves and Pedro

Lastly, Dani Alves has confirmed he told Pedro Rodriguez to stay at the Nou Camp in an attempt to ward him away from a Stamford Bridge switch.

The Brazilian said Pedro would have been happy if he had stayed in Catalunya, with Chelsea struggling to conquer the Premier League currently.

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