Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that Belgian winger, Eden Hazard, is loving his time at Chelsea and is not leaving any time soon.
After Chelsea’s shock 5-3 loss to Tottenham on Thursday, Mourinho cast further doubt on Hazard’s Chelsea career by claiming the physical punishment Hazard takes from opponents could drive him out of English football.
Hazard has been in advanced discussions over a new deal since June last year, a deal which would make him the highest paid player at Chelsea in their history.
There has been interest from other big European clubs like Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid, but Mourinho hopes the new deal can keep the winger at the London club.
Mourinho told reporters, ”I think he loves it here. I think so. “I think, I hope [he will stay].”
He went on to add, “The first free-kick of every game is somebody kicking him. He has fouls and fouls and fouls. I don’t see many yellow cards. Sometimes a yellow card is a consequence of violent conduct, but I also think that accumulation of small fouls is also violent conduct.”
“The kid is suffering the consequences of that, but playing amazingly well.”
“[Against Tottenham] he was amazing. Even in the second half, with a difficult result to face, and to have the determination to keep believing till the end. He was fantastic.”
Hazard is in remarkable form for Chelsea this season and has scored 11 games in all competitions.
Mourinho’s post-match interview after Tottenham 5-3 Chelsea