Mourinho responds on whether he'd swap Hazard for Cavani

Chelsea boss says he wants to build the team around Eden Hazard.

While he gave the UK press short shrift in his press conference ahead of the weekend, refusing to answer certain questions, Jose Mourinho was in more entertaining mood in France.

Speaking to Canal + he was quizzed on the duo of Eden Hazard and Edinson Cavani, one of Chelsea and one of PSG, who have both been linked with switches in the other direction.

The Chelsea boss however insists both are unlikely and would not entertain the thought of trading his star Belgian away.

"Cavani? Oh yes I like him, he is a very very good player. He is also an impossible task because Paris has paid a lot of money for him, and he has an amazing contract.

"Maybe not impossible, as Ibrahimovic, Zlatan is more important because of the structure of the club."

Asked whether he would consider offering Eden Hazard in exchange, he responded:

"No, no. Eden is something else. This is the guy we want to have for 10 years, by his style of play and personality. We want to build the team around him."

Given Hazard's age and potential, it's easy to see why Mourinho wants to hang onto the Belgian at all costs, even at the price of signing the one thing he needs the most.

Chelsea are desperate for a world class striker, and his backtracking that Cavani was certainly 'not impossible' with Zlatan more integral to the PSG side is certainly interesting, just don't expect Eden Hazard to form part of any offer.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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