Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho makes Eden Hazard admission ahead of Chelsea clash
Hazard has started the season in fine form, leading the Premier League goalscoring charts with seven strikes.
His Chelsea side host Manchester United today (12.30pm) as they look to put the pressure on fellow joint-leaders Manchester City and Liverpool.
For United, Mourinho will be hoping his side can build on the win over Newcastle before the international break.
Mourinho managed Hazard during his time as Chelsea boss, the pair helping the Blues win the Premier League in 2014-15.
And the Portuguese boss has admitted he would love to work with Hazard again at Old Trafford.
“I think he is a nice kid,” Mourinho said. “We had a good relationship and we were champions together.
“He was, for the first time, the best player in the Premier League with me, so I think the feelings are good.
“I would love to have him at Manchester United, but I don’t think Chelsea would sell him – it’s a non-problem because Chelsea are led by experienced and intelligent people in football.
“I think he knows how good he is, how much he can influence the history of his team over the course of a season.
“In my first season he was elected the best player of the Premier League and he was champion.
“In my second season he was not very good but we were not very good and then Antonio (Conte) comes and he is the best player of the Premier League and they won the title again and he knows that he can influence the destiny of the team.”
Hazard’s Chelsea future has been in doubt in recent weeks with the Belgian continuously linked to Real Madrid.
But he seemed to allay Blues fears this week.
Hazard said: “I can finish with Chelsea.
“No problem at all. I am very happy with this club, with the team, my family is happy here.
“So if I don’t go to Spain, it is not a problem.
“I love the fans – I think the fans love me!
“What happens in the future, I will be happy, so that’s it.”
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