Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard has taken a massive dig at his former manager and current Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho for not giving Mohamed Salah the proper platform to succeed at Stamford Bridge.
Salah cut a peripheral figure at Chelsea before a loan move to Fiorentina and a permanent move to AS Roma resurrected his career. He has since returned to the Premier League with Liverpool for a club record transfer fee of £36.9m, wrecking havoc scoring 14 goals in 19 goals in all competitions. This has led many to assert that Salah is currently the best player in the Premier League, forming a formidable front line with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho.
Now Hazard has criticized the Chelsea hierarchy and has aimed a sly dig at Jose Mourinho who was in charge during Salah’s spell at Chelsea for the mismanagement of Salah. Speaking to the media, Hazard hailing Salah said, “He is still my friend and we are still in contact. He’s a top, top, top player. He did not get his chance at Chelsea – maybe because of the manager, because of the other players? I don’t know.”
He further praised the Egyptian’s abilities, saying, “He has quality but in that period I remember we had me, Willian, Oscar, so for him it was not easy. But he’s a top player, for sure, and we know as a team the quality he has. He is a fantastic striker and this season he has scored a lot of goals. It is always good to play against a friend but Liverpool is not only about Salah. They have a lot of quality players.”
Hazard concluded that Salah was a beast in training and that he is happy for his good friend. “But in training he would do everything. Even in the games when he was playing, sometimes he would score goals, so we knew the quality he had. I am just happy for him. When you are not playing at a club you need to go. You need a chance and he took his chance at Fiorentina, so he did everything that you have to do when you are not playing. If I was not playing, I’d want to go. That’s normal because of all the players want to play. With him he did well and I am just happy for him.”