José Mourinho has opened up about Eden Hazard and why he has fallen short of expectations since signing for Real Madrid.
Mourinho managed the Belgian playmaker at Chelsea and told talkSport that he is an “incredible player” but does not always put the maximum effort in his training and could be even greater if he was “super professional”.
Hazard was one of the Premier League’s best players during his time at Chelsea, having worked under Mourinho for two and a half years at Stamford Bridge, in the Special One’s second stint.
His performances and superb scoring record for the Blues – 110 goals and 92 assists in 352 games – allowed him to seal a big transfer to Real Madrid.
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Heralded as a direct replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, it hasn’t quite worked out that way in Spain, with Hazard struggling for form, fitness and with constant injury issues since joining the Bernabeu.
Hazard has managed just five goals and eight assists in 43 games since joining the La Liga giants in 2019.
Hazard has said in the past that he would like to work with Mourinho again after their time at Chelsea together
And Mourinho was asked about the 30-year-old when he joined talkSPORT for his last appearance on Breakfast.
“The truth about Eden Hazard? The truth is what you see from him, he is an amazing player with terrible training. You can only imagine what he could be with a super professional attitude in training. “
“In the end, he’s an incredible boy, he’s an incredible family man, he seems not to belong to this generation of players, he is very calm and is totally focused on the family, on the children. , on parents, on a very quiet life. But he goes up to the field every morning and… he doesn’t work a lot. When he comes into the field, you don’t see the reflection of a week’s work, you see just a reflection of his talent. “