Eden Hazard has spoken of his regret at Jose Mourinho’s sacking at Chelsea last December and insists he “never wanted to see him fired” despite their often fractious relationship.
Mourinho was dismissed by the Blues in December after a staggering fall from grace for the then-defending Premier League champions.
Many blamed Mourinho’s sacking on the huge dip in form from several of Chelsea’s key players, and despite admitting he occasionally crossed swords with his manager during their time together at Stamford Bridge, Hazard insists he has plenty of regrets about the 2015/16 season.
“People can say what they want about my relationship with him,” Hazard said in an interview in L’Equipe. “The difficulties I had with him came at a time when I was not playing well.
“But, deep down, I never wanted to see Mourinho fired. We experienced some very beautiful things together in 2015. This year was less good, but I have recovered from that.”
Mourinho has since been appointed as Manchester United manager with Hazard quick to dismiss media reports he could follow the Portuguese boss to Old Trafford, but the Belgian insists he’s had no thoughts of quitting Stamford Bridge.
“I want to stay at Chelsea. I like London and I have a couple of years left on my contract,” he added.
“I haven’t had a good year; I have to be clear about that. My season was rubbish except in the last couple of months. When I was back to 100 per cent fitness, I was able to show what I was capable of. I like to think I will bring a freshness into the Euros and now that I am captain I am going to do my best to take responsibility.”