Chelsea boss Mourinho lifts lid on his Hazard fury: I didn't give him permission for that!

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admits he was unhappy with Eden Hazard over his trip to Lille on Sunday.
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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admits he was unhappy with Eden Hazard over his trip to Lille on Sunday.

Hazard will return to the squad to face West Brom, but is in the bad books with Mourinho.

He said: "When you have a game two days later you don’t leave your home or rest period unless you really need to do it for special family reasons.

"To go to see friends at a game is not a reason to leave that rest period. He didn’t tell me. I found out when I saw him on TV, when they kicked off and he was waving!

"He went to a foreign country when he shouldn’t have and then lost his passport which meant he couldn’t get back for training. That was unacceptable — but it’s over.

"I think he reacted well because he apologised to me and to the club. Of course, the apology was not accepted because it was something I couldn’t accept.

"You have to assume it was a bit of a risk not to select him for the last match, in pure football terms, because he could’ve helped us win an important match.

"But sometimes as a manager you have to take risks if you feel it has consequences for the group. Every player knows me and knows my reaction. For me the group is always more important than any player. The group principles are more important than even the result. Every player knew I wouldn’t select him.

"The consequence was for him not to play, which is the worst thing you can to do a player. Case over. He’s a very good kid."

 
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