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Hazard Won’t Leave Chelsea – Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho insists top midfielder Eden Hazard will not be leaving the club he manages for Real Madrid.
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The Belgium playmaker was the target of praise from Bernabeu insider Zinedine Zidane, prompting speculation Hazard could be a summer target for the Spanish club.
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But Chelsea manager Mourinho is adamant there is no risk of Hazard wanting to leave Stamford Bridge after signing a five-and-a-half year contract to remain at the club earlier this year.
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He said: “He has just signed a new contract. We didn’t put a gun against his head. He had lots of time to think about it.
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“He had the family to assist him in his analysis. He likes Chelsea, he likes the league, he likes the team.
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“He made a commitment for the future of the team by signing up. It is a very good contract. I don’t think he is interested in anything else.”
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Zidane bracketed the Chelsea man with Cristiano Ronaldo and Leonardo Messi when singling out players he likes currently.
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Hazard is a strong favourite to dominate the domestic player of the year awards after an impressive season with Chelsea.
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But while Mourinho agrees with the former France international’s assessment of his player’s standing, he insists individual recognition is secondary to the achievements of his team who are poised to clinch the Premier league title.
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The manager said: “I think he is now (among the top three players in the world) but this is not our culture in this country, it’s not our culture in the club. And it’s not even my culture as a coach to be going in the direction; ‘the best, the second best, the third best..’
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“I would say that in this moment he is a fantastic player. I always say that the most important thing is the team target and the objective for this season is for the team.
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“If he wins the Premier League, his season is absolutely fantastic. If on the top of that he has some individual awards, it’s nice.”
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Chelsea can move a step closer towards clinching the title if they can beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

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