Eden Hazard can be Chelsea’s next captain, says Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho says Eden Hazard has all the necessary qualities needed to captain Chelsea in the future

Eden Hazard has the necessary qualities to become Chelsea’s next captain, according to Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho praised Hazard for taking responsibility on the pitch and believes that the Belgian has the right discipline and ambition to succeed as captain.

Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail: “On the pitch he leads. He is not afraid to take responsibility. He is not afraid to get the team from a dark situation and bring blue sky again for the team. He is not afraid of this. He is a guy with great discipline. He is not the kind of guy you see setting bad examples and so on. So I think he can.”

Although Hazard is still relatively young at 24, Mourinho believes that his time with Chelsea and the Belgian national team provide the left-winger with experience beyond his years.

Mourinho continued: “His ambition is coming; he is also the vice-captain of the Belgian national team. He has four seasons at Chelsea, so he didn’t arrive yesterday.”

Right-back Branislav Ivanovic has recently been named vice-captain at Stamford Bridge, whilst John Terry will keep the armband for the upcoming season.

However, Mourinho believes that Hazard, along with team-mates Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill, have what it takes to become Chelsea captains of the future.

Mourinho said: “I think he is in this group. Eden, Fabregas, Cahill are all in this group behind the captains.”

Hazard scored 14 times and provided 10 assists for Mourinho’s side as Chelsea cruised to the title last season. He received the PFA player of the year award for his exceptional performances.

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