"I was not to blame for Jose Mourinho's sacking!"
Eden Hazard has spoken while away with Belgium in Euro 2016 and responded to the Newspaper L'Equipe's question of his involvement...
Eden Hazard has spoken while away with Belgium in Euro 2016 and responded to the Newspaper L'Equipe's question of his involvement in the Jose Mourinho sacking at Chelsea. He has denied any involvement and states that he was behind him.
Jose has gone and we all have to move on but I wanted to post this up because I believe that it's important as he also talks about the future.
Plenty has been and will continue to be said about the fact that Jose Mourinho left the club for a second time last year and I am sure that with the way he plays mind games, when Manchester United come to Stamford Bridge in October, something could be said of what happened with certain players being singled out by the Special One.
So to Eden Hazard and the quotes he has given when asked the question of Mourinho and this passed season. He said:
"People say what they want.
It was a period where I wasn't playing well. But deep down I never wanted Mourinho to be fired. I was behind him.
We experienced some great things. This year I wasn't as good. But I picked myself up. I took it upon myself. I was criticised a lot. I made do with it. It doesn't affect me. I've come back well, quite simply.
I haven't had a good year. You have to be clear -- I've had a rubbish year apart from the final month [for Chelsea]. I had little problems, injuries and a loss of form.
When I got back to 100 percent at the end of the season, I showed everything that I could do. I hope to continue that way.
My goal is always to leave Chelsea as a boss. I feel good in London. I have a few years left on my contract. And I'm concentrating on the Euros in order to go as far as possible. Afterwards we will discuss it."
He is right he did have a rubbish year but he wasn't alone. He is also right when he states that for the final month of the season he was back to near his best (make of that what you will with the Euros now upon us!) including that wonderful moment for Leicester fans (and us of course) with the equaliser against Tottenham to ensure Leicester became Champions.
I still personally think that Real Madrid will look to bolster their squad this summer as they look to take the challenge to Barcelona and Hazard could become a realistic target. Despite what he says, if his Idol Zidane and Real come calling, I cannot see him staying at Chelsea. One thing is certain, it will take a HUGE amount of money offered for Chelsea to even consider selling him.
As for what happened with Mourinho? No one will ever know the real reasons as to why he lost the dressing room and was eventually sacked.