Haz­ard: I would like to play for Mour­inho again

Play­maker har­bours hope of Real re­union with coach Bel­gian says he was partly to blame for man­ager’s exit

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Matt Law

Jose Mour­inho has re­ceived sup­port from an un­likely source af­ter Eden Haz­ard re­vealed he would love to play for the un­der-pres­sure Manch­ester United man­ager again.

While there is no chance of him mov­ing to United, Haz­ard’s sur­prise claim may be of in­ter­est to Real Madrid, whom the Bel­gian is hop­ing to join next sum­mer. Mour­inho re­mains on good terms with Real pres­i­dent Florentino Perez and would be a can­di­date to re­place Julen Lopetegui if both men lost their cur­rent jobs.

De­spite a come­back vic­tory over Newcastle United, Mour­inho re­mains un­der pres­sure at United as he pre­pares for Satur­day’s trip to Chelsea.

Span­ish re­ports have claimed Lopetegui’s fu­ture could be de­cided by the Oct 28 game be­tween Real and Barcelona, fol­low­ing a four-match run without a point or a goal.

Haz­ard has made it clear he would have no prob­lem mov­ing to Real if Mour­inho re­turned to the Bern­abeu for a sec­ond spell in charge, de­spite en­dur­ing the worst sea­son of his ca­reer dur­ing the cam­paign in which the 55-year-old was sacked by Chelsea.

Haz­ard only scored four Pre­mier League goals in the en­tire 2015-16 sea­son and had not net­ted at all when Mour­inho lost his job in De­cem­ber 2015.

In an in­ter­view with Bel­gian news­pa­per HLN, Haz­ard said: “The last sea­son un­der Mour­inho was not pleas­ant any more, we didn’t win, we got into a sort of rou­tine, train­ing, train­ing without hav­ing fun, it was bet­ter for all par­ties the col­lab­o­ra­tion came to an end. But if I’m now asked one coach with whom I want to work again, then I say Mour­inho.

“If you win, Mour­inho is the best coach you can imag­ine. Then he is a friend of yours – you can do what­ever you want. Want one day off, he gives you two. If ev­ery­thing goes well, Mour­inho will ex­pe­ri­ence foot­ball like me: with ease. Even his own im­age of an ex­tremely de­fen­sive coach was not too bad. He is far from ad­ven­tur­ous like [Pep] Guardi­ola, but the year in which we be­came cham­pi­ons, we have made many goals and played good games.

“I do not re­gret many things in my ca­reer, but that I have not been able to work with Mour­inho at Chelsea any more [is one]. We had a team to get a lot of prizes, but we just ended up in a neg­a­tive spi­ral.”

Haz­ard also ad­mit­ted he was partly to blame for Mour­inho’s down­fall, adding: “I have had one bad year – the last six months un­der Mour­inho – and it was partly my own fault. Af­ter the ti­tle, we had asked Mour­inho for ex­tra hol­i­days. I was to­tally out of shape at the start of the sea­son. I re­mem­bered that les­son this sum­mer – four weeks af­ter the World Cup, I was back in train­ing at Chelsea.”

While he waits for a sig­nal from Real that they will make a big push to sign him next sum­mer, Haz­ard has promised to stop speak­ing about the Eu­ro­pean cham­pi­ons: “Let me put it this way: if I ever play for Real Madrid, I will be very happy, and if I will never play for Real, it is be­cause it is not al­lowed. Then I’ll be happy at Chelsea.”

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