Thursday 19 April 2018

'I would kick him up and down the training ground' - Roy Keane slams 'spoilt' Eden Hazard

Roy Keane pulled no punches with his assessment of Eden Hazard last night
Roy Keane pulled no punches with his assessment of Eden Hazard last night Newsdesk Newsdesk

Republic of Ireland assistant boss has delivered a brutally honest assessment of Eden Hazard's situation at Chelsea and what he would do if he was in Guus Hiddink's squad.

Ahead of Chelsea's 2-1 defeat at Paris-Saint-Germain, the Belgian attacker said it would be 'hard to say no' if the French champions were to pursue him in the summer.

The revelation did not sit well with the Cork native and he launched a stinging attack on last year's Premier League Player of the Year.

Speaking on ITV's Champions League highlights show last night, he said: "‘If I was a team-mate of his I would kick him up and down the training pitch. Some of the senior players have got to get hold of him. He’s a talented boy, but his attitude is like a spoilt child. It was absolutely ridiculous.

"You don’t mind some players sometimes being moody, or having their head turned if they think they might be moving, but once you go on that pitch you’ve still got your pride.

"You’re playing for your team-mates, for your club, for your supporters, for your family. You’ve got to go out and perform, and be moody after the game if need be."

Hazard has scored just one goal in all competitions for the club during this campaign - a penalty in last month's FA Cup fourth-round victory against MK Dons.

But despite his poor form, the Belgian winger remains a target for French champions PSG as well as Real Madrid.

Hazard is unlikely to be allowed to leave and Hiddink insisted that the player should concentrate solely on returning to his best form rather than talking up the prospect of a move elsewhere.

"Well, he (Hazard) has a contract that he extended," Hiddink said. "But first he must now get fit and show he is a top player and then, for Chelsea - which is a top club - he can be of huge value.

"In the near future, there will be more speculation about who is coming here or who is going but I don't go into that."

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