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Hazard Warms To The Special One

Chelsea star Eden Hazard is already thrilled with working with Jose Mourinho.

The Special One had tried to sign the mercurial Belgian midfielder when he was at Real Madrid, but then just a teenager, Hazard had opted to remain at Lille.

They are now united at Stamford Bridge, and getting to know one another on Chelsea’s pre-season tour to Asia.

Speaking from the Thai capital of Bangkok, Hazard has described his developing relationship with his new boss, and his belief that Chelsea are poised to challenge for a major trophy haul.

"He comes across as very calm when he speaks to us," Hazard said, according to the Guardian.

"He's a good person. He loves his players and is someone who can make the difference, for sure. We have a real chance this year. But, with a top manager in place, our chances are even greater."

With a collection of talents as glittering as Chelsea’s it’s often tempting to suggest that anybody could manage them.

And perhaps that’s why the London club’s owner is often so impatient with the managers he hires with the remit for immediate success.

But a football club is a complex environment, populated by players with unique personalities and characteristics. And it takes a special kind of person to keep that all together so that the club can achieve its goals.

And according to Hazard, The Special One is just that kind of special person.

"It's important he's here. He'll do everything to put things in place, creating the environment for us to do well, but it'll be up to us to deliver the trophies,” Hazard said.

“There'll be big rivals out there, Manchester United, City, Tottenham, Arsenal … but we have a real chance. He's spoken to us all, as a group and individually, and told us what he expects of us. He told me to be ambitious with my game, to keep trying things, and that this could be a special year. I hope this all ends up being productive."

Meanwhile, Hazard admits that he is excited by the speculation that Manchester United star Wayne Rooney could potentially join Chelsea.

"It's not up to us who comes in, but it's exciting," he said.

"Rooney would be a brilliant signing – un super bon joueur (a super good player) who has experience but who is still only young, at 27. He's got a few years left to play. But it's not up to me. It's not my decision."

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