John Obi Mikel has opened up about Eden Hazard’s approach to football amid the former Chelsea star’s latest battle with injury.
The Belgian has suffered injury blow after injury blow and has, at times, faced criticism from Real Madrid fans over his failure to stay fit, much like the sort Gareth Bale experienced during his time in the Spanish capital.
After so many injuries, questions are being asked over whether Hazard does enough to look after his body, and amid those claims, a former Chelsea midfielder in Mikel has shed some light on the Belgian’s approach to training.
Mikel, who played for Chelsea for 11 years between 2006 and 2017, told The Athletic: “He said it himself sometimes: ‘If I want to be as good, I can be as good. Not as good as Messi because he is from a different planet but I think I can get close to Ronaldo or maybe even better’.
“These are the words that came out of his mouth but he is not that dedicated to the game. He doesn’t train well, he is the worst trainer I’ve played with.”
That will be of concern to Real Madrid fans who already feel their club may have been hard done by having spent more than £100million to acquire Hazard’s services.
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The 30-year-old has only made 25 La Liga appearances since making the move to Santiago Bernabeu, and he has only netted three League goals.
Chelsea will feel they got rid at just the right time with talk Hazard now wants a risky surgery on his ankle, which has troubled him of late, though his current injury concerns the psoas muscle.