Jose Mourinho claims Eden Hazard ‘doesn’t work much’ and is ‘AWFUL’ in training… as former Chelsea boss insists the Real Madrid star would be far better if he was a ‘top professional’
- Eden Hazard has faced criticism from Real Madrid fans for not staying fit
- The Belgian has reportedly turned up to both pre-seasons in Spain overweight
- Jose Mourinho spent more than two years with the 30-year-old at Chelsea
- And the Portuguese insists Hazard could be even better if he trained better
Jose Mourinho has slammed Eden Hazard after labelling the Real Madrid star as ‘an amazing player with awful training’.
The 30-year-old has endured eight injuries in 2020-21 and has already missed more than 50 games for Los Blancos since his move from Chelsea in 2019 for an initial fee of £88million.
Hazard – who has started just two games since January – has therefore faced criticism from Real Madrid fans over his failure to stay fit and has reportedly turned up overweight to both of his pre-seasons at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has slammed Eden Hazard after labelling the former Blues star as ‘an amazing player with awful training’
Hazard has faced criticism from Real Madrid fans for failing to stay fit, suffering eight injuries already in 2020-21
Former Blues team-mate John Obi-Mikel told The Athletic in March that the Belgium international ‘did not like to train hard’ when he was in the Premier League.
Mourinho spent more than two years with Hazard at Chelsea before the Portuguese boss’ second spell at Stamford Bridge was brought to an end when he was sacked in December 2015.
And speaking to talkSPORT, Mourinho agreed with the former Nigeria international and insisted Hazard ‘doesn’t work much’ in training sessions and claimed he would be a much better player if he showed more professionalism in between matchdays.
‘An amazing player with awful training,’ Mourinho said of Hazard, who registered an assist for Kevin De Bruyne’s goal in Belgium’s 2-1 win against Denmark at Euro 2020 in Copenhagen on Thursday.
The forward (left) has also reportedly turned up to both pre-seasons at Real Madrid overweight
‘He gets on the pitch every morning and he doesn’t work much. You can imagine what he could be if he was a top professional.’
The duo have enjoyed an amicable relationship since Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea, with Hazard revealing in 2016 that he texted the Portuguese to apologise for the Blues underperforming and therefore sitting 16th in the table prior to his departure.
‘I sent him the message to say I was sorry he had gone and … well … just that I was sorry,’ he told The Guardian five years ago.
‘We’d enjoyed all that success together last season, but this time round we hadn’t. I felt a little bit guilty because I’d been player of the year. I’d been one of the most decisive players, and this year I’d performed less well.
John Obi-Mikel said earlier this year that the Belgium ‘didn’t train well’ while at Chelsea
‘I hadn’t been at the same level. So I sent that text to Jose and he came back to me, wishing me all the best for the future.
‘For a team of champions to go through what we have this year even I can’t explain. Things have been better recently, but we’re still not winning games quite as we used to. No one can put his finger on what’s happened at Chelsea.’
Then two years later the Belgium star said he would like to work with Mourinho again at some point in his career, again admitting he had been ‘out of shape’ after returning from holidays in the summer prior to the latter’s sacking at Chelsea.
‘If I’m now asked one coach with whom I want to work again, then I say: ‘Mourinho’,’ Hazard told Belgian outlet HLN in 2018.
Mourinho and Hazard have maintained an amicable relationship since the latter was sacked by the Blues in 2015
‘Mourinho’s image of an extremely defensive coach isn’t completely right. In 12 years I’ve only had one bad season – the last six months under Mourinho – and it was partly my fault,’ added Hazard.
‘After the title, we asked Mourinho for extra holidays. I came back totally out of shape. We didn’t win, we got into a sort of routine – training, training without having fun. It was better for all parties that the collaboration came to an end.’
Mourinho returned the favour a few days later when he was manager of Manchester United, saying: ‘I think he is a nice kid. We had a good relationship and we were champions together.
‘He was, for the first time, the best player in the Premier League with me, so I think the feelings are good.
‘I would love to have him at Manchester United, but I don’t think Chelsea would sell him. He is the kind of player that can make a huge difference.’
Hazard (L) laid on an assist for Kevin De Bruyne (R) in Belgium’s win against Denmark at Euro 2020