Mourinho: Hazard has great room for improvement and plenty of ambition

Chelsea's Eden Hazard is currently enjoying the most productive season of his career under the guidance of manager Jose Mourinho.

Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille for a reported £32m in the summer of 2012 – a figure which may have raised a few eyebrows at the time, but now clearly looks to have been a bargain.

The former Lille star has started 21 Premier League games this season – Chelsea’s 3rd highest behind Petr Cech and John Terry. The Belgian international has netted nine times, assisting with a further five, and has completed 78 successful dribbles – 57 more than Chelsea’s next highest player Ramires.

Despite not quite reaching the level of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Hazard’s performances have impressed boss Mourinho.

According to Portuguese website A bola, Mourinho believes that Hazard is a match for the two greatest footballers of the current generation, but to win the Ballon d’Or, Hazard will need help of a non-footballing kind:

'Is he (Hazard) able to reach the level of Messi or Cristiano ? At the moment I say yes, because his evolution has been fantastic, he has time to become a great, great player.

'Eden is 23-years-old, Cristiano is 28 and Messi 26. He has great room for improvement and plenty of ambition.

'However, if Hazard wants to win the Golden Ball he will have to build a political entourage. Otherwise he will never win the Golden Ball. Though that's another story'.

Whether Hazard can realistically gives the likes of Ronaldo and Messi a run for their money remains to be seen, but the Belgian clearly has a manager who sees his potential and believes in him.

Will Eden Hazard go on to become one of the greatest players of his generation ?

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