Roy Keane has launched a withering attack on Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, claiming he would ‘kick him up and down the training pitch’ if he were one of his team-mates following the player’s threat to quit Stamford Bridge.
Hazard admitted in an interview with French daily Le Parisien earlier this week that it would be ‘difficult’ to turn down a move to Ligue 1 runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain, citing his goal of winning the Champions League.
But speaking as a pundit on ITV’s Champions League highlights show, Keane could not believe the timing of the comments and pulled no punches in his assessment of the out-of-form Belgian.
The former Manchester United midfielder 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.’