Eden Hazard reveals text conversation with sacked Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
Eden Hazard got in touch with Jose Mourinho via text message following his sacking as Chelsea manager
Eden Hazard has revealed that he sent a text message to Jose Mourinho to say that he was “sorry” after the manager was sacked by Chelsea in December.
The Portuguese coach was given his marching orders after a disastrous start to the season left his side closer to the relegation zone than the top of the table.
Hazard, like many of his Chelsea team-mates, has failed to produce consistent form this season after being named the PFA player of the year last term.
The Belgian has faced plenty of criticism for his displays this season but has shown signs of improvement in recent weeks and netted his first goal of the season against MK Dons in the FA Cup last weekend.
Now, Hazard has revealed how he felt after Mourinho was sacked in December and how he got in touch with the manager following his dismissal.
Speaking to the Guardian, Hazard said: “I sent him the message to say I was sorry he had gone and … well … just that I was sorry.
“We’d enjoyed all that success together last season, but this time round we hadn’t. I felt a little bit guilty because I’d been player of the year. I’d been one of the most decisive players, and this year I’d performed less well.
“I hadn’t been at the same level. So I sent that text to Jose and he came back to me, wishing me all the best for the future.
“For a team of champions to go through what we have this year even I can’t explain. Things have been better recently, but we’re still not winning games quite as we used to. No one can put his finger on what’s happened at Chelsea.”
Chelsea host Manchester United on Sunday afternoon at Stamford Bridge.