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Sunday 17 December 2017

'Transformed' Hazard spurs Mourinho to sell De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne is expected to join German club Wolfsburg for around £18m
Kevin De Bruyne is expected to join German club Wolfsburg for around £18m

Gerry Cox

JOSE MOURINHO has revealed that the transformation of Eden Hazard from worst trainer to model professional has allowed Chelsea to sanction the sale of Kevin de Bruyne to Wolfsburg.

De Bruyne is expected to join the German club for around £18m in the next few days after being unable to force his way past fellow Belgian Hazard in Chelsea's midfield.

"I believe there's a feeling we will reach an agreement. I can't confirm it, but the interest is big from the club and even bigger from the player," said Mourinho.

Hazard has been the club's most consistent midfielder this season, having already scored 10 goals, and Mourinho says his value has soared since being signed from Lille for £32m in 2012.

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Paris Saint-Germain are reported to be keen on Hazard, but Mourinho dismissed any chance of a sale, especially since his improved attitude and performances this season.

"If his value was around £40m when Chelsea bought him, and he's two or three times better now, his value in the market is a crazy value," said the manager.

"On top of that, he's not a player we're interested in selling. So between our 'he's not for sale' tag, plus the crazy amount he's valued at, I think there's no chance of Eden going."

The young Belgian' has undergone a "fantastic evolution", according to Mourinho. "He was not voted the worst, but was known as one of the worst trainers," added the Portuguese.

"Now he is a good professional in training. He works very hard for the team, shows initiative, doesn't disappear and wants to be influential all game.

"He's the kind of player we want. He is now playing Champions League knockout phase for the first time and going to the World Cup. So at 23, to be where he is, he can only expect it to get better. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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