'I would kick him up and down training pitch' - Keane slams underperforming Chelsea star
By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Roy Keane has slammed Eden Hazard for being a “spoilt child” and insists he would “kick him up and down the training pitch” following the underperforming Chelsea’s star’s threat to quit the club.
The former Lille player admitted earlier this week that a move to Paris Saint-Germain would be difficult to turn down ahead of the Blues’ Champions League trip to the runaway French league leaders.
However, Hazard has failed to hit anywhere near the same heights as last season and his struggles continued in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night.
The Belgian was substituted after 70 minutes against PSG following another fitful display.
Former Manchester United star Keane was scathing in his criticism of Hazard during ITV’s Champions League highlights show on Wednesday night.
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He said: “I can’t understand these players, he signed an extension of five years only last year, when we saw how brilliant he was… and then he’s coming out with all that nonsense on the eve of a big game.
“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 found the net just once for Chelsea in 33 appearances this season, and that solitary strike was a penalty in the FA Cup mauling of Championship strugglers MK Dons last month.