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Chelsea Playmaker Eden Hazard Insists He Welcomes Jose Mourinho’s Criticism

The Belgian has been heavily linked with a move to PSG in recent months.

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has said that criticism from manager Jose Mourinho has helped him become a better player.

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The Belgium international has been in excellent form under Mourinho, but has also felt his wrath on several occasions, most notably following the Blues Champions League semi-final exit to Atletico Madrid last season when the 23-year-old failed to track back.

Despite his manager’s criticism, Hazard insists he has a huge amount of respect for the former Real Madrid coach and believes his style of management is making him a better player.

“There is a lot of respect – he is the best coach in the world – and he gives me a lot of confidence,” the Belgian was quoted by Goal.

“Even after a bad match, he picks me again. He will have a little dig saying: ‘Today we played with 10 [men]’ but he stops there. He leaves me alone and does not go on at me.”

On the subject of Mourinho’s public criticism, Hazard added: “It is the first time I have known this with a coach. The others tended to protect me. He really wants my potential to explode and he does everything to make it happen.”

The former Lille winger also insists that any bust-ups the pair have will stay behind closed doors as he doesn’t want to get on the Portuguese coach’s bad side.

“I had no fears when he came,” continued Hazard.

“I was just wondering if I was going to be stressed when he had a go at me.

“I remember my first warm-up matches in Asia with him. He killed me once or twice then I thought: ‘OK, this is the Mourinho style.’ When he looks you in the eyes, you feel like the target and it doesn’t feel good at the time.”

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