Chelsea star Eden Hazard has admitted it would be a pleasure to play for Jose Mourinho again in the future.
Hazard helped with the title for Chelsea with Mourinho at the helm in 2014/15, but the Portuguese boss was axed for a second time the following season – a time Hazard looks back on with regret.
“Of course [I would enjoy working with Mourinho again]. I like facing him also as an opponent. If we were to work together in the future it would be with pleasure,” the 26-year-old told Belgian TV channel RTL.
“There have been a few [bad times in my career],” he added. “We have had a few managers over time, which is not great.
“Mourinho was sacked the year after we won the league. In terms of selection I have known some highs and lows too. It wasn’t always great.
“There have been a few [highs]. The double with Lille was a special moment. To win with Chelsea, I am not saying it is easy, but it’s a big club so we are more used to winning.
“At Lille we’re not used to it – we won the French Cup and the Ligue 1. That will rest with the supporters for a long time.”
Hazard, who has scored three goals this season and managed four assists, also reiterated his admiration for Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.
Hazard has been a target for Real in the past and he has admitted it would be a “dream” to play under Zidane, although he also claimed he was focused at Stamford Bridge.
“Everyone knows the respect I have for Zidane as a player, but also as a manager. He was my idol,” added Hazard.
“I do not know what will happen in my career in the future. However, for sure, to play under Zidane would be a dream.
“I am enjoying life at Chelsea. I still have a lot of things to achieve with them. I am focused on playing for Chelsea.”