Roy Keane has described Eden Hazard as a "spoilt child" following the Chelsea winger's threat that he could leave Stamford Bridge for Paris Saint-Germain.
The Belgian star revealed earlier this week—ahead of the Blues' Champions League last-16 first leg against PSG—that he would find it "difficult" to turn down a move to the Ligue 1 champions, per Le Parisien (via Ben Grounds of MailOnline).
Former Manchester United captain Keane, speaking on ITV, slammed Hazard's attitude and said some of Chelsea's senior players need to have a word with him:
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Roy Keane hits out at 'spoilt child' Eden Hazard and says he would 'kick him up and down the training pitch' https://t.co/87GbPAySyG2016-2-17 23:36:58
I really can't understand these players. He signed an extension last year to his contract for another five years. We saw how good he was last year.
And then he's coming out with all that nonsense on the eve of a big, big game. If I was one of his team-mates I'd kick him up and down the training pitch. Some of the senior players have got to get hold of him.
A talented, talented boy but his attitude, even last night, he's like a spoilt child. It's absolutely ridiculous.
Hazard, 25, was one of the main reasons for Chelsea's Premier League triumph in 2014-15 as he was voted Player of the Year by both the Football Writers' Association and the Professional Footballers' Association thanks to his consistently dazzling performances.
This season, however, he has looked a shadow of his former self and has yet to find the back of the net in the English top flight after 23 appearances, per WhoScored.com.
He was poor on Tuesday night as Chelsea lost their first-leg clash against PSG 2-1 at the Parc des Princes, per the Telegraph's Paul Hayward:
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PSG had too much class but at least the old street-fighting Chelsea showed up in a 2-1 defeat here. Hazard was appalling. Needs to reflect.2016-2-16 21:41:24
In his interview with Le Parisien (h/t Press Association, via the Guardian), he not only said it would be difficult to turn down a move to PSG but "to any of the teams capable of winning the Champions League" as it is his "main aim" to lift the famous trophy.
Hazard's chances of achieving that aim don't look good with the Blues this season. They are floundering in the bottom half of the Premier League and are a long shot for a top-four spot. Winning Europe's premier club competition would be close to miraculous given how poor they have been this term.
As well as PSG, the former Lille star has also consistently been linked with a move to Real Madrid, perennial challengers for the Champions League, such as by the Daily Star's David Woods.
Although the move looked to have been scuppered by Los Blancos' transfer ban, it is very much back on the table for the summer as the sanction has been suspended, per the Press Association (h/t the Guardian). Per Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe, Real want Hazard as their next Galactico:
Keane's opinion will likely be echoed by many as Hazard simply hasn't looked interested for large swathes of the current campaign, and it seems more and more likely he will leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
Even if he does not force a move himself, whoever becomes Chelsea's next permanent manager at the end of the season is likely to overhaul the squad, and Hazard could be a victim of the shake-up given his form this term.