Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that Eden Hazard can become one of the greats of his generation, the Telegraph
It had been widely reported that Hazard was in line for a new bumper £200,000-a-week five year contract, with Mourinho confirming this in his press conference ahead of their Champions League clash with Schalke.
It is a demonstration of how they value Hazard as a player who can inspire the team to success, having joined as a 21-year-old from Lille in 2012.
Last season the pair endured a somewhat frosty disagreement following the Champions League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid – Hazard failed to track back which allowed their Spanish opponents to equalise.
Hazard came out to openly criticise his sides tactics, that Chelsea are set up to counter attack and not take the initiative in games, before Mourinho then described the Belgian as a player who ‘wouldn’t sacrifice himself for the team’.
However, the manager now sees the 23-year-old is improving his all round game, especially after Hazard’s impressive start to the new campaign.
Mourinho said: “Even last season he was changing. It was a big evolution from the Hazard I met in Thailand when I arrived. He was changing. He was a kid always living on his natural talent, which is amazing but he was just living on that.
“But, from a certain moment, he started to have some tactical education, mental education… so young. I think there’s been a big improvement. That’s why we’re seeing that, from a top talent, he’s a fantastic player.
“Now we want, because his talent allows him to, to go from a top player to one of the greats of his generation. That’s why we’re proud that he thinks that Chelsea is the perfect environment for him to have that evolution. That’s why he wants to commit to us and why we want him to commit for the future, too.
“We are feeling day by day his motivation to work hard and improve. We have big hopes that he will go from the top player he is at this moment and will reach higher levels to become one of the best.”
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