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Hazard: Jose told me to train harder

ESPN staff
January 11, 2014
Eden Hazard is happy at Chelsea despite rumours linking him with a big money move © PA Photos

Eden Hazard has revealed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho told him to work harder during training.

The attacker scored the first goal in his side's 2-0 victory over Hull City at the KC Stadium on Saturday with a superb solo effort.

Fernando Torres ensured the Blues moved top of the Premier League with a late strike, but Hazard maintained that, despite increasing transfer speculation surrounding his future, he is enjoying his time at Stamford Bridge.

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"I tried to give my best for the team and get the three points," Hazard told BBC Sport. "Jose told me to work harder in training. I am 23, I'm old, I understand things in football now and in training I've been giving my best.

"I'm enjoying it here, I like this club and will keep going for a long time. We will see after February and March where we are, we are a young team."

On Friday, Mourinho quashed rumours linking Hazard with a big money move to Ligue One giants Paris Saint-Germain.

And straight after watching his side emerge victorious in North Yorkshire, Mourinho reiterated the club's stance on the Belgium international.

"The club doesn't want to sell him," Mourinho said. "Obviously the manager has that decision. Every manager wants players like him. I cannot put too much pressure on him to be man of the match every game or be the guy who opens the scoring.

"What I expect is this motivation and responsibility he is showing every week. Last year you saw a talented Hazard, this year a much more mature player. He deserves more than man of the match, probably player of the month. Not many are doing what he is doing."

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