Former Manchester United star Roy Keane has launched a scornful attack on Chelsea attacking midfielder Eden Hazard — after the Belgian in an interview with French daily Le Parisien on the eve of Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League 2-1 away loss to PSG — admitted that it would be “difficult” to turn down a move to Paris Saint-Germain, citing his goal of winning the Champions League.
The 44-year-old speaking as a pundit on ITV’s Champions League highlights show said he would “kick him up and down the training pitch” if he were one of the 25-year-old’s team-mates following the his threat to quit Stamford Bridge.
“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.”
Fellow pundit and former Chelsea player and manager Glenn Hoddle shared the same sentiment with keane and lamented shortage of senior players who could influence players in the club.
“Before, they had a [Didier] Drogba, they had John Terry, a Frank Lampard and Petr Cech experienced players who would’ve stopped that at source.
“At the end of the day for me, there’s something there. Having signed a five-and-a-half year deal a year ago… if he wants to go back to a league and to a club that wins the league by 30 points each year, he’s not testing himself as a player. That’s what disappoints me.
“He’s got to knuckle down and play well for Chelsea this year, that’s who’s paying his money now.
“He’s a top player… last year he was exquisite at times, he probably won the league in the first half of last season for Chelsea, and he’s nowhere near that at the moment.”