"If you win, Mourinho is the best coach you can imagine".
The Manchester United manager's axing proved a bitter split.
And Spanish reports have claimed Lopetegui's future could be decided by the Oct 28 game between Real and Barcelona, following a four-match run without a point or a goal.
Three years on, though, Hazard has said he would love to work with Mourinho again one day and revealed what he messaged him after his departure in December, 2015.
The victor for the best player is Chelsea star and Belgium global, Eden Hazard, which doesn't come as a surprise because the forward had a great performance last month. "I came back totally out of shape", noted Hazard, who was a member of the Blues squad that won the EPL title the previous campaign in 2015.
"Mourinho's image of an extremely defensive coach isn't completely right", the Belgium worldwide said.More news: Yankees Make Changes to Game 3 Lineup With Aaron Hicks Still Out
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"If I'm now asked one coach with whom I want to work again, then I say: "Mourinho"," Hazard told HLN.
"We didn't win, we got into a sort of routine - training, training without having fun".
"I'd say this Chelsea side is only at 60-70 percent capacity right now, but how much we are missing and how much we need is not the same thing". We had a team to get a lot of prizes, but we just ended up in a negative spiral.
He had stated that the reason why he ponders on a move to Spain is because of the desire to win the Ballon d'Or, an award that has gone to players in Spain for the past 10 years.
"Hazard is enormous and I don't think even he knows how much he can still improve. Then he is a friend of yours - you ask whatever you want".
He leads this season's Premier League scoring charts with seven goals as Chelsea sit second behind champions Manchester City, on goal difference, in the standings.