"In 12 years I've only had one bad season, the last six months under Mourinho, and it was partly my own fault", he said.
Mourinho reportedly only secured one of his big-name transfer targets in the last window, with the arrival of Fred. We didn't win, we got into a sort of routine, training without having fun, it was better for all parties that we parted ways.
'But if I'm now asked one coach with whom I want to work again, then I say: Mourinho'.
'I don't regret many things in my career, but that I have not been able to work with Mourinho at Chelsea anymore is one of them.
However, former Liverpool defender Babbel - who won the UEFA Cup and FA Cup among other trophies during his four years on Merseyside - defended Mourinho and pointed the finger at United's hierarchy, having hired the Portuguese in 2016. We had a team to get a lot of prizes, but we just ended up in a negative spiral. "This is my opinion and I would have said that to him, I would say "no, that's not something to say because you are not the manager".
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"I read a little bit everywhere he was here at the stadium to see me play, but that does not mean anything".
Although plenty of the conversation concerns Hazard's recent performances, he couldn't but dwell on a relationship that most would have assumed had soured beyond all hope.
Mourinho held crisis talks with Old Trafford chiefs this week in a bid to thrash out what is going wrong.
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"But we like challenges too, we have goals".