The Belgium international winger made the comments following the Blues’ comprehensive 3-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie at Stamford Bridge.
The 23-year-old’s remarks sparked suggestions that he is not happy playing under Mourinho, who himself went on record on Friday to criticise the PFA Young Player of the Year.
‘Normally you get this kind of comment from players like him: from players who can't resolve a problem like we had with the first goal’, the Portuguese told reporters on. ‘Against Atletico in Madrid, Willian played on the left side and Ashley Cole was protected all game. Against Liverpool, [Andre] Schurrle played on the left and a dangerous player like Glen Johnson was completely under control.
‘Eden is the kind of player who is not so mentally ready to look back at his left-back and leave his life for him. If you see Atletico's first goal, you understand where the mistake was and why we conceded that goal. The perfect team at the top level cannot make this kind of mistake. Eden's not the kind of player ready to sacrifice himself 100% for the team and his teammates. I'm not happy [a player doesn't sacrifice himself], and I've spoken all season and I've tried to improve him. But at the same time, his comments were not critical'.
Now that it has been confirmed that Hazard and Mourinho do not see eye to eye, reports have resurfaced that Paris Saint-Germain could swoop in on the player in the summer. The French giants are said to be interested in the former Lille man and are keen to improve their already strong squad, so could take advantage of the apparent differences between Hazard and Mourinho.
England legend Gary Lineker has now given his take on the issue on social networking site Twitter.
Mourinho is not very pleased with Hazard's comments. PSG will be looking on with interest.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 2, 2014
Is it feasible that Hazard, who has been the best player for Chelsea this season and one of the best in the Premier League since his move from Lille back in the summer of 2012, could be sold? Remember, Juan Mata, who was a star for the Blues since his arrival from Valencia in 2011, was let go by Mourinho in January this year.
However, Mourinho claims that he has no intentions of letting Hazard go and insists that he has no problem with him.
‘He's had a good season and made an improvement’, he said. ‘He was brought to a different level of performance and understanding of the game. Remember the performance at Manchester City, which was a very complete performance. So I have no problem with him.
‘He's a young guy. His evolution was fine. Does he still make mistakes? Of course he still makes mistakes. But he understands. It was the first time in his life he'd played a Champions League semi-final. It's a career that's he's just started’.