Jose Mourinho tips Chelsea star Eden Hazard to become 'best in the world'
Jose Mourinho believes Eden Hazard has the potential to become one of the world's greatest players.
Last Updated: 14/01/14 3:45pm
Hazard, 23, is now fulfilling the potential which tempted the Londoners to pay French club Lille £32m for his services in the summer of 2012.
The Belgium forward has scored 11 goals this season and the Portuguese believes he could one day follow in the footsteps of compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo, who beat off competition from Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery to collect a second Ballon d'Or trophy.
Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Mourinho said: "Eden can become one of the best players in the world. Now he sees his football and profession with different eyes.
"He understood how there is a gap between the talent and the performance and a gap between the occasional performance and the permanent stability at a high level. He now understands how he can fill this gap.
"He trains much better, he concentrates much better. Tactically, he has had a big evolution. He understands how to put his qualities on the surface of the team. He understands the best way to hide his weaknesses.
"He is 23 and now in his second season in England after an experience in France. He is playing in a Chelsea side trying to win the Premier League, also the Champions League, and is going to the World Cup with Belgium. He has in his hands all the tools to fill these gaps.
"Everyone knows he is a talented player, that he was that when he arrived here. But now he is trying to go to a different level, we are helping him and he is doing it step by step. Hopefully, the big talent can transform himself into the big player."