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 By Ian Holyman

Eden Hazard talks up Zinedine Zidane, open to Jose Mourinho reunion

Eden Hazard has told RTL "it would be a dream" to play under Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and he would happily be reunited with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, although he stressed he is happy at Chelsea.

Zidane has praised Hazard numerous times over the course of the Belgium international's career, while the Chelsea man idolised the former France star as a youngster.

Since being appointed Madrid boss in January 2016, Zidane has led Madrid to back-to-back Champions League titles as well as finishing top of La Liga last season, and Hazard said he would love to one day work with him.

"Everyone knows the respect I have for the man," the 26-year-old said. "For the player he was and for the coach he is, he was my idol. Of course I don't know what will happen in my career in the future, but to play under him would be a dream.

"At this time, though, I'm happy at Chelsea. I still have a lot of things to do at Chelsea, and I'm focused on Chelsea."

Eden Hazard is under contract at Chelsea until 2020.

Hazard, whose contract at Stamford Bridge runs until 2020, won the 2014-15 Premier League title under Mourinho during the Portuguese's second spell in charge of the Blues.

There have been suggestions that the pair fell out before Mourinho was dismissed, but he said: "It wouldn't bother me to play under Jose Mourinho again."

Hazard claimed the second Premier League winner's medal of his career under current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte last season.

He also won the 2012-13 Europa League with Chelsea and captained his country at Euro 2016, an honour he is set to repeat at next summer's World Cup.

However, he said the greatest moment of his career so far happened six years ago, when he and a Lille side also featuring Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy, Adil Rami and Gervinho won a domestic Double under Rudi Garcia.

Hazard, who spent seven years with the Ligue 1 side, said: "The Double achieved with Lille in 2011 was a very big moment because no one expected us to do that. It really wasn't programmed."

Ian is ESPN's French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman

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