English Premiership

Hazard can get better - Jose

2015-04-25 15:23
Eden Hazard (AFP)

Cape Town - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has ruled out the prospect of Belgian forward Eden Hazard joining Real Madrid at the end of the season.

The Portuguese tactician has responded to recent comments made by Zinedine Zidane, who is currently in charge of Real's Castilla B team.

The former France international this week spoke of his admiration for the 24-year-old. He suggested that Hazard was one of three players who he 'likes a lot', the other two being Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

"There are players I keep an eye on and who I like a lot, like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, of course. They're fantastic players, but I like Eden Hazard a lot too," Zidane said.

"I enjoy everything he does on the pitch. I like the way he carries himself, that decisive streak in him and the fact that he's improving every year.

"He can still get better too, and I think he's a big reason why Chelsea are on top of the table."

However, Mourinho has made it absolutely clear that Hazard will not be leaving the London club in the off-season.

"We just signed a new contract with him (until 2021). We didn't put a gun to his head. I don't think he's interested in going," Mourinho said.

Hazard was recently nominated for the PFA Player of the Year Award, along with Harry Kane, David de Gea, Philippe Coutinho, Alexis Sanchez and Chelsea teammate Diego Costa.

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