Roy Keane is not one to mince his words - and the former Manchester United captain couldn’t hide his contempt for Chelsea winger Eden Hazard during ITV’s live Champions League highlights show on Wednesday evening.
Hazard failed to shine against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night as Chelsea were beaten 2-1 by the French champions at the Parc des Princes.
But, more than his underwhelming performance, what angered Keane most was Hazard admitting just days before arguably Chelsea’s biggest fixture of the season that it would be “difficult to say no” to PSG if they came calling in the future.
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“I can’t understand these players,” an incensed Keane was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail, “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."
Video: Roy Keane tears into Eden Hazard
“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," Keane added.
“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's performances are baffling
It seems some Chelsea fans share a similar sense of frustration with Hazard, whose performances have taken an inexplicable nosedive this season.
The Belgium international was deservedly named as the PFA’s Premier League Player of the Year last term after scoring 14 goals and providing 10 assists - inspiring Chelsea to their first league title since 2010 in the process.
But it’s been a completely different story this season. With just three months to go before the 2015-16 campaign finishes, Hazard has registered just three assists and, worryingly, has failed to score a single Premier League goal.
Many speculated that Hazard’s performances would improve once Jose Mourinho left Stamford Bridge, but the 25-year-old has so far failed to rediscover his top form under Guus Hiddink.
Does Hazard want to join PSG or Real Madrid?
It seems Hazard’s head has already been turned, either by PSG or Real Madrid, whose manager Zinedine Zidane is a huge fan of the former Lille star.
But one suspects the world-class Belgian would stand a much better chance of securing a dream move to the Bernabeu - or, indeed, the Parc des Princes - if he was producing the good for Chelsea every week like last season.
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