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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."
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Ronald Koeman has drawn a line under his midweek tunnel bust-up with Arsene Wenger.
The Southampton boss and Arsenal chief Wenger exchanged words following the goalless draw at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.
Wenger had reportedly shouted at referee Lee Mason "It's always the same with you" with Koeman responding to the Frenchman: "No, it's always the same with you."
Koeman confirmed the incident had taken place as it was reported, but insisted it was all in the heat of the moment and that it would not affect his relationship with Wenger.
"What was written in the press was true, and that's all," said Koeman. "It's emotions in football and it happened, and we go on.
"Do I regret it? If I talk it's what I mean, of course. No, I don't think (it will affect our relationship).
"It's always a little bit of emotions and he was very disappointed about the result because they had some good chances."
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Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink on Friday said Louis van Gaal must accept scrutiny as manager of a Manchester United side vying for the Premier League title.
Hiddink was asked about United's troubles in a campaign which has seen Van Gaal's position come under sharp focus amid fan frustration over tactics and results, with Jose Mourinho apparently waiting in the wings to succeed him.
Van Gaal has bristled at suggestions he could lose his job, with United fifth, 10 points behind leaders Leicester.
And a win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday could reignite the Red Devils' hopes of succeeding Chelsea as Premier League champions.
He has to perform, this is normal, as we have to perform here as well. There is pressure. There was and still is big ambition.
They have to cope with that. The pressure is on. It's on everyone. But if you have the possibility to go into first position, then pressure is on.