Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has played down rumours of a falling out with manager Jose Mourinho, while also committing his future to the Stamford Bridge club. Amid a run of seven defeats in the Blues' opening 13 Premier League games that has derailed their title defence, the form of last year's threepeat player of the year Hazard has been indicative of their plight.
Hazard won the Professional Footballers Association Players' Player of the Year, Football Writers' Association Player of the Year and Premier League Player of the Year awards as the West London side claimed the league title and the Capital One Cup. However, this term sees the club 14 points off the top already following a harrowing start to the season.
The disastrous run of form has been accompanied by reports from BBC Radio Five Live that Hazard and Mourinho's relationship "was under immense strain", after the former Lille wideman was left out of games against FC Porto and Aston Villa. Those suggestions swelled speculation regarding the 24-year-old's future, with both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain linked with £80m ($121.2m) moves for Chelsea star (according to The Daily Mail), but the player remains committed to the cause.
"I heard a lot of things about this but no, everything is good with him," Hazard said after the 1-0 win over Norwich City, according to Sky Sports. "I don't have a problem with him, he is the best manager. He is the best manager for Chelsea and we hope we can win a lot of trophies together. Maybe not this season because it will be difficult, but next season and onwards."
"I didn't start the season well," added Hazard, who signed a new five-and-a-half year contract with Chelsea in February. "I tried to find out why, but I don't know. Sometimes you don't know, you have to keep going. I gave everything in training, and on the pitch when I played. I hope I can get a lot of form and try to help the team win games."
"I said to [Mourinho]: 'Maybe we have to try to change something. If I can play number 10?' And we try," the Ballon d'Or nominee explained. "I played a very good game in the cup in Stoke and, [against Norwich], it was the same. I just want to be on the pitch and, if I play number 10 or on the flanks, it's not a problem."