Mourinho: Hazard's perfect role model is this Chelsea player...

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes that Eden Hazard can learn a lot from long-serving midfielder Frank Lampard.

The Blues currently sit top of the Premier League table, leading Liverpool by just one point as the title race begins to really heat up with the end of the season now in sight.

One of the key players in Chelsea's title charge has been Belgian international Eden Hazard, who has hit 14 goals and 7 assists in 31 games this season, making him a strong candidate for the Player of the Year award in just his second season having arrived from Lille in 2012.

But that form has seen the 23-year-old linked with a return to France, with big spending Paris Saint-Germain reportedly eyeing up a move to bring Hazard back to Ligue 1 - and Blues boss Jose Mourinho has said that his star player doesn't need to seek inspiration elsewhere - as there is somebody at Stamford Bridge that he can look up to.

"I think Eden has great examples to follow at Chelsea. He doesn't need to look outside the club to find the best examples to follow," Mourinho said.

"We have Frank Lampard who is 35 and is, of course, at the end of his career. There is no better example of a professional player than him for Eden and everyone else," he added.

Mourinho's comments are not only suggesting that Lampard is a model professional off the pitch as well as on it, but also evokes thoughts of Lampard's service to the Blues. Having arrived from West Ham United back in 2001, the midfielder has given incredible commitment to the West London club, racking up almost 650 appearances and becoming the club's all-time record goalscorer.

It may seem unlikely, but Mourinho will surely be hoping to see similar commitment from Hazard.

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