Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has revealed he sent a text message to Jose Mourinho after he was sacked apologising for his poor form.
The 25-year-old, who swept the board in the player of the year awards as Chelsea won the Premier League title last season, failed to replicate his stunning form this time around.
Mourinho paid the price in early December after being fired by Roman Abrahamovic. And the midfielder, who has yet to score in the Premier League this season, admits to feeling guilty.
"I sent him the message to say I was sorry he had gone and ... well ... just that I was sorry," he told the Guardian. "We'd enjoyed all that success together last season, but this time round we hadn't.
"I felt a little bit guilty because I'd been player of the year. I'd been one of the most decisive players, and this year I'd performed less well.
"I hadn't been at the same level. So I sent that text to Jose and he came back to me, wishing me all the best for the future."
Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard could start for the first time in four weeks in Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at MK Dons.
Diego Costa is fit to feature despite suffering a knee problem in last week's Premier League win at Arsenal, but fellow striker Loic Remy (calf) is a doubt.
Striker Radamel Falcao (thigh) remains out and imminent deals for Alexandre Pato and Matt Miazga are unlikely to be completed in time for them to feature.
Provisional squad: Courtois, Begovic, Ivanovic, Fabregas, Zouma, Rahman, Oscar, Mikel, Traore, Kenedy, Pedro, Remy, Costa, Matic, Willian, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Amelia, Aina, Loftus-Cheek.
Only three players in the Premier League have taken more shots than Eden Hazard this season without scoring a goal.
The reigning Premier League Player of the Year and Chelsea's star man in 2014/15 drove Jose Mourinho's side towards the title with 14 league goals.
At the start of December 2014, Hazard already boasted six goals in all competitions but his current dismal run has now stretched to 21 matches without scoring.
The stats above are for Premier League matches alone and suggest Hazard's reduced threat in front of goal isn't from a lack of adventure.
In fact, the 24 year-old has taken 19 shots in total without once finding the back of the net. Perhaps many of those have been speculative efforts with Chelsea unable to carve open defences like they used to, or maybe it's time for Hazard to put in extra hours on the training field practising his shooting.
With Bournemouth lying in wait at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, a team who have conceded more than any other in England's top flight this term, Hazard will not get a better chance of ending his barren spell.
- Stats courtesy of Oulala
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Man City captain Vincent Kompany has joked about wanting compatriot Eden Hazard to produce different type of runs this weekend.
Premier League champions Chelsea visit City in the game of the weekend on Sunday, and their skipper would prefer the Blues' star man to sit out, while sitting on the toilet.
Speaking to Belgian publication Sportwereld, Kompany said: "One would almost hope he had diarrhea for one day or so."
City will move five points clear of Chelsea after game number two if they win Sunday's titanic clash.
Jose Mourinho almost starting laughing today after he was asked about Eden Hazard's dental problems.
The Portuguese manager answered questions ahead of Sunday's final game of the season against Sunderland at a London press conference, held sometime before two thirty.
Mourinho admits he may be without PFA and FWA Player of the Year, Hazard, who missed the Football Writers' dinner on Thursday after undergoing emergency surgery to remove his wisdom teeth.
Footballer of the Year Eden Hazard has had emergency dental surgery and will be unable to collect his award in person tonight.
Football Writers' Player of The Year Eden Hazard will not be able to collect his award after undergoing emergency dental surgery.
The Chelsea winger was due to pick up his gong at a glitzy dinner in London tonight, and will now collect his prize at Chelsea's final Premier League game of the season this weekend.
It's believed that Hazard has been forced to have three wisdom teeth removed and is unlikely to feature in Sunday's match against Sunderland.
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Eden Hazard was thrilled to rise to the occasion and live up to his pre-match billing as Chelsea's match-winner against Manchester United.
The Belgium playmaker's first-half goal - his 18th of the season - earned the Blues a 1-0 win which took Jose Mourinho's men 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League and within reach of the title.
Hazard told Chelsea TV:
Every game I try to do one good moment. This is my job. I like my job. I try to give pleasure to the fans when they come to the stadium. I did very well.
It's very difficult, but in one moment you need something special with a special player like me, or Oscar, Didier (Drogba), Willian. This is why we play football, to play this kind of game and to score against this kind of team.