Eden Hazard plays down Jose Mourinho rift

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Hazard asked Mourinho for a new role in the Chelsea team
Hazard asked Mourinho for a new role in the Chelsea team

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has insisted he has 'no problem' with his manager Jose Mourinho and has vowed to return to his best form after a shaky start to the season.

Hazard has been heavily linked with move to Real Madrid in recent weeks, with his poor performances in Chelsea coloured fuelling the suspicion that he is unhappy at Stamford Bridge.

Yet the Player of the Year from last season showed flashes of his best form in last Saturday's win against Norwich and now insists he is ready to bounce back to his best.

"I heard a lot of things about this but no, everything is good with him," said Hazard of his relationship with Mourinho.

"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."

Hazard confirmed he has spoken to Mourinho about his role in the Chelsea side and he is now being given a chance to performer in a more central attacking midfield role, rather that the wide role he has not thrived in of late.

"I said to him: 'Maybe we have to try to change something. If I can play number 10?' And we try," he added. 

"I didn't start the season well. I tried to find out why, but I don't know.

"Sometimes you don't know, you have to keep going. I gave everything in training, and on the pitch when I played."

"I hope I can get a lot of form and try to help the team win games."