When asked about Eden Hazard, Jose Mourinho reveals: “The truth is what you see from him: he is an amazing player with awful training.
“You can only imagine what he could be with a super-professional attitude in training.
“In the end, he is an amazing kid, he is an incredible family man, he looks like he doesn’t belong to this generation of players, he’s very quiet and is totally focused on family, on kids, on parents, on a very quiet life.
“But he gets onto the pitch every morning and… he doesn’t work much.
When he gets onto the pitch you don’t see the reflection of a week of work, you just see a reflection of his talent.
You can imagine if he was a top professional.”
The former Chelsea boss continued: “When he went to Real Madrid, I thought wow, this guy is going to the biggest club in the world and is going to feel this huge pressure to be always at the top, this guy is going to win the Golden Ball, because he is amazing.
“But in terms of his fitness, his speed, his condition, he would be a much better player [if he trained properly].
What you see is just the talent that got Eden to where he is. In Madrid, he got into this negative dynamic with his injuries.”
Mourinho managed Hazard between 2013 and 2015 during their time together in London.
However, injuries have been the bane of Hazard’s tenure at Madrid.
In fact, he’s yet to start a single game for Belgium in the ongoing Euros.
Hazard only came on as a substitute against Russia and Denmark but he’ll have to do a lot better to justify his €100 million price tag.