Jose Mourinho hits out at Marc Wilmots for Eden Hazard opinion

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Jose Mourinho has hit out at Marc Wilmots after the Belgium national team manager advised Eden Hazard to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid earlier this week.

Wilmots believes that a move to the Bernabeu would provide Hazard with more freedom and ease the player’s work schedule, but these comments did not go down well with the Chelsea manager.

Hazard has struggled to produce his best form on a consistent basis this season and has been dropped on several occasions in recent weeks by Mourinho, who is demanding the attacking winger contributes more defensively.


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"The national team is the national team and the coach is the coach,” Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Express. "When Hazard is in the national team I don't open my mouth. Ever. But some people don't have the same ethics and comment when the players are at the club."

Mourinho was then asked if Hazard would be starting at Upton Park, where the Blues take on West Ham on Saturday afternoon, to which he replied: "I don't know. You have lots of people giving an opinion [about Hazard's form this season], I prefer not to individualise."

Hazard needs to sort himself out - quickly

Many predicted this would be the season that Hazard would cement his status as one of the world’s very best footballers, following a superb 2014-15 campaign.

But the 24-year-old, who was named the PFA’s Premier League Player of the Year last season, has flattered to deceive, scoring just one goal in nine league appearances so far this term.

If asked to name the world’s third best footballer last season, a fair few would have named Hazard.

Now, though, they’d be more like to name either Luis Suarez, Neymar or Gareth Bale instead.

Chelsea fans: are you worried Eden Hazard will leave Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid in the summer? Have your say in the comments below!

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