Chelsea star Eden Hazard says he is relishing the chance to face Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United next season.
Mourinho, sacked by the Blues in December, was confirmed as Louis van Gaal’s successor at Old Trafford on Friday.
Hazard won the Premier League title under the self-styled Special One at Stamford Bridge, and he is already looking forward to a reunion with his old boss.
“Mourinho is a fantastic manager,” Hazard said. “I wish him good luck for the next season.
“I can’t wait and just want to play against Manchester United. He’s a good manager with a lot of experience. He’s at a big club now and he will just want to win games.”
Hazard endured a disappointing season for Chelsea as the club failed to mount a title defence and missed out on European qualification.
He didn’t score his first goals in the Premier League until April and was below-par for much of the campaign – although he did show glimpses of his old form towards the tail-end.
There has been talk the 25-year-old could move on in the summer – but Hazard insists, like fellow Belgian Thibaut Courtois, he fully expects to remain at Chelsea after talks with incoming boss Antonio Conte.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I’m happy. I’m always happy. I have spoken to [new boss] Antonio Conte.
“For now, I’m 100 percent sure I’ll compete at the Euros. After, I will think of Chelsea.
“But I want to finish well at the club. So like Thibaut (Courtois), I will be at Chelsea 99 per cent next season.”