Eden Hazard must strive to be the best at Chelsea, says Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho challenges Eden Hazard to use his talent to develop into a “top player” at Chelsea in the coming seasons
Jose Mourinho has challenged Eden Hazard to use his talent to develop into a “top player” at Chelsea – but insists the Belgian’s fate lies in his own hands.
The 22-year-old playmaker, who joined the Blues from Lille last summer, played the full 90 minutes as Chelsea sealed a 2-0 opening-weekend victory over Hull City on Sunday.
Hazard, who has scored five goals in 37 appearances for Belgium, is widely regarded as one of Europe’s hottest young prospects.
But Mourinho has warned the midfielder that he must become consistent in his performances this season and continue to demand more from himself if he is to realise his potential.
“I know what I want from him,” said Mourinho. “I don’t know if I can get [it], but I know what I try to get and I want more responsibility and I want more ambition [from Hazard].
“When you are a normal player, you have to be happy when you perform OK. But when you have top talent, you cannot waste that talent.
“If somebody gives you that talent, and I think at this level [it is] somebody very above us that gives you that talent, you cannot waste it.
“I want to give him that responsibility, that ambition, for the kid to be better and better and to express himself on the pitch, match after match.
“Not to be up and down, to be always at the top of his game, because he’s very, very young and he has the conditions to be a real top player.
“I’ve said his many times, one thing is a top talent, another thing is a top player.
“Football is full of top talents, but not many top players. So I want him to be a top player. This is what I want, if I can get it I don’t know, because it’s about him, it’s not about me.
“But he’s working very hard and I’m very pleased with him. During the second part of pre-season in the States he was already coming into my direction and I’m very happy with the kid.”