When Jose Mourinho took charge of Manchester United, there were reports that he was aiming to bring a couple of Chelsea stars with him to Old Trafford. Unsurprisingly, Eden Hazard was not one of them.
The Belgian and the Portuguese were at breaking point by the time the latter was unceremoniously sacked last December. Word has it that Hazard, then the reigning PFA Player of the Year, played a key role in the Special One's spectacular downfall.
Indeed, Hazard had inspired Chelsea to the Premier League title in the 2014/15 campaign but appeared to completely lose his ability to play football the very next season. Amazingly, it wasn't until March that he found the back of the net in the Premier League.
But by the time he ended Tottenham's title hopes with an inspirational performance, it was clear that Mourinho's presence in west London had been the sole reason for his poor form. Under Antonio Conte, he appears to be heading back to his very best.
He has two goals to his name already this season and was one of the players of the tournament at Euro 2016, finishing with one goal and four assists in just five appearances.
Now, the 25-year-old has come out and basically admitted why he had such a big problem with Mourinho. In a thinly-veiled dig at his former boss, Hazard said he was glad to finally have a manager who "trusts" him.
See if you can notice the point where he appears to reveal his biggest problem with the current Manchester United manager.
Hazard told The Mirror: “Conte puts trust in his players and now we are good after an ugly season last year.
“I’ve always been the same player but Conte knows how to treat players having played at the highest level himself."
Top level manager…or agitator
Mourinho's failure to make an impact at the top level of the game as a player appears to have been a major problem for Hazard even though it does not appear to have prevented him from winning trophies.
He has won the Champions League twice and the league title in four different countries, making him one of the most successful managers of all time.
But his ability to rub people up the wrong way is just as formidable as his honours list. He famously fell out with Roman Abramovich during his first spell with the Blues, Iker Casillas at Real Madrid and now Bastian Schweinsteiger at Manchester United.
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