Reported Real Madrid target and Premier League superstar Eden Hazard has explained why he prefers Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri's football philosophy to that of former Blues and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
The 28-year-old joined the London outfit from Ligue 1 outfit Lille for a reported fee of £32 million (R567 million) in 2012, and has since gone on to cement his place as the club's attacking talisman, with former Blues star and three-time Premier League champion Joe Cole recently claiming that the Belgian is "Chelsea's greatest player ever".
Hazard, who is reportedly poised to make a move to Madrid at the end of the current campaign, won the UEFA Europa League title in his first season at Stamford Bridge under Mourinho.
The dribbling wizard, who enjoyed an excellent run of form under the tutelage of the former Inter Milan tactician, has now claimed that while he thinks Mourinho "was special", his style of play is more suited to current manager Sarri's philosophy.
"All the managers I've played for have given me something," he is told Chelsea's official website.
"From when I started with Claude Puel at Lille, to now with Maurizio Sarri. They all see football in different ways, which is why I'm the player I am. They have all given me important advice.
"Jose Mourinho was special, but the way Sarri and (former Lille coach) Rudi Garcia like to play is more like my philosophy of football, but they've all given me a lot.
"I won my first Premier League with Chelsea in 2014/15, and I was named PFA and FWA Player of the Year.
"It was the perfect season, with collective trophies and individual trophies. It was brilliant. Didier Drogba came back to Chelsea to help us, we won a lot of games, we won the League Cup and we scored a lot of goals. We really enjoyed ourselves and that's why we were champions.
"We were champions again in 2016/17. The feeling was the same but the way we won it was fantastic because at the start of the season we had some problems.
"We lost against Arsenal and Liverpool, and then completely changed the system. We went on an unbelievable run of winning games and at the end of the season you're just happy to win.
"For the manager, Antonio Conte, it was special to win the title in his first season."
Hazard has been a rare ray of light in Sarri's underwhelming debut season in the English top flight, with the Belgian finding the back of the net on 15 occasions and registering 10 assists in 32 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea thus far this season.
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