Hazard believes Modric deserves to win the Ballon d’Or

Modric will win Ballon d'Or – Hazard

All of those now on the books at Stamford Bridge have helped the Blues to make a flying start to the 2018-19 campaign which has them sat among the Premier League frontrunners while also progressing positively in Europa League and Carabao Cup competition. But if you ask me one trainer with whom I want to work again, I say: Mourinho. It was better for all parties that the collaboration came to an end. You know that, but afterwards I've been able to accept that, it's part of his character.

Modric, 33, is favourite to break the Messi-Ronaldo duopoly after a year that featured another Champions League win with Real and a World Cup where he was voted best player and finished runner-up with Croatia. Want one day off?

The playmaker added: "I do not regret many things in my career, but that I have not been able to work with Mourinho at Chelsea anymore [is one]".

"Mourinho's image of an extremely defensive coach isn't completely right", the Belgium worldwide said. Then he is a friend of yours - you can do whatever you want. We just ended up in a negative cycle.

Hazard scored four goals in 31 games during the 2015/16 season, his lowest goal tally during his time with the club, and the Belgian said that his sub-par form was partly his own fault.

Eden Hazard has consistently been one of Chelsea's best players over the last few years but the winger appears to have reached an all new level following the appointment of Maurizio Sarri.

Demonstrating all that he could do in Chelsea's 2014/15 title-winning season, the Belgian's performances took a notable dip - not that he was alone in this - as Mourinho's second spell in charge came to its acrimonious conclusion. I got totally out of shape at the start of the season.

Eden Hazard has revealed he is in regular contact with Real Madrid star Raphael Varane amid speculation he could join the France World Cup victor at the Bernabeu next summer.

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