Hazard Denies Talk Of Rift With Mourinho

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Eden Hazard has denied reports saying he had a falling out with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho was sacked last season as Chelsea manager as his side dipped in form and flirted with relegation. Poor performances from Hazard last season led to suggestions his relationship with the Portuguese had gone sour.

The Belgium star has, however, moved to dismissed such suggestions.

“With Jose I had a super rapport,” he explained to TF1’s ‘Telefoot’. “The year before, I was the Player of the Season and maybe he expected more from me. I was not so good and it was complicated.

“I was always close with him and with Antonio Conte it’s the same.”

Asked to describe how the Italian manager differs from his predecessor, the 26-year-old stated: “They have different methods. Conte works a great deal on tactics but Mourinho let it be.

“For me, I had great moments with Mourinho for two years and this year with Conte everything is going very well. I always take the positive from coaches.

“The two are different managers. They have always won, here and in the past. Many people said I didn’t listen to Mourinho, but that’s not the case. It’s not at all the case, I’ve always had a lot of respect for him.”

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