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Hazard flourishing under Mourinho's wing

Published: Monday 17 March 2014, 9.08CET
"The best young player in the world" according to José Mourinho, Chelsea FC forward Eden Hazard feels he and his manager have "a nice chapter to write together" at the club.
by Louis Laffitte
from London

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Published: Monday 17 March 2014, 9.08CET

Hazard flourishing under Mourinho's wing

"The best young player in the world" according to José Mourinho, Chelsea FC forward Eden Hazard feels he and his manager have "a nice chapter to write together" at the club.

Eden Hazard feels he and Chelsea FC manager José Mourinho "have a nice chapter to write together" at the west London club.

Hazard has hit new heights since Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge in the summer. Indeed the Portuguese has called Chelsea's sprightly forward the "best young player in the world" and challenged the 23-year-old to continue his ascent in order to match the standards of the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Sure enough, in a reflection of the way he plays the game, Hazard does not seem keen to stay standing still for long.

"When a person [like Mourinho] says good things about you, wants the best out of you, it's always a good thing," said the former LOSC Lille prodigy. "It shows that you're on the right track and that you still have a lot to accomplish, because talent is good but you can do better. It is up to me now to work hard in order to reach the best possible level, and that can be through training and games.

"It's not that he makes me improve or anything," continued the Belgian international. "He lets people do their own thing, he gives a lot of confidence to his players, he motivates us with small statements, small sentences in the newspapers or face to face. I think I am giving that back to him on the pitch. As I often say, I hope it will last."

To hear more from Hazard ahead of the Blues' round of 16 second leg against Galatasaray AŞ, view the video above.

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