Eden Hazard has rubbished speculation claiming he has fallen out with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho this season and insists “he is the best manager” for the club.
The 24-year-old Belgium international has looked a shadow of the player he was last term when he picked up the FWA Footballer of the Year and the PFA Players’ Player of the Year awards having helped the Blues to Premier League and Capital One Cup success.
Hazard’s loss of form has been reflected by Chelsea as a whole with Saturday’s 1-0 win against Norwich only their fourth victory of season which leaves them 14 points adrift of surprise leaders Leicester City.
One of the reasons attributed to the Londoners’ dramatic slide down the table has been reports of a falling out between Hazard and Mourinho with the player believed to be looking to force a January move to Real Madrid.
But the player has broken his silence to insist that their relationship is good and he is fully focused on helping the club to further success under the Portuguese tactician.
Hazard said: “I heard a lot of things about this but no, everything is good with him.
“I don’t have a problem with him, he is the best manager. He is the best manager for Chelsea and we hope we can win a lot of trophies together.
“Maybe not this season because it will be difficult, but next season and on.”
Mourinho has ruled out a possible Premier League title defence this season, but Chelsea can be backed at 4.00 to claim a top-four finish and 17.00 to win the Champions League.