Eden Hazard’s relationship with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has broken down significantly, according to a national newspaper report.
Chelsea lifted some of the pressure on Mourinho with a 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Wednesday night, but speculation about problems within the Chelsea camp are unlikely to decrease after Hazard was left on the bench for the game.
‘The Belgian’s relationship with the Special One is understood to have broken down significantly, Darren Lewis writes in the Daily Mirror, ‘after the player’s inability to recapture his form from last season and Mourinho’s public attempts to fire him up.
‘So much so that many see Hazard as one of the players that Mourinho has ‘lost’ as he battles to get results back on track.
‘Real Madrid are keen on taking him off Chelsea’s hands. Paris Saint-Germain, too, have a long-standing interest and and could also come knocking.
‘But Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would prefer a solution to the problem between player and manager, while the fans’ repeated chants for Mourinho showed precisely where their loyalties lie.’
Hazard was not introduced until the 79th minute against Dynamo, as a replacement for Oscar, whose performance on the left in the Belgian’s absence failed to impress the onlooking media.
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