HAZARD’S FORMER TEAMMATE REVEALS HE ONCE SLAPPED HAZARD FOR BEING DISRESPECTFUL

Eden Hazard’s former teammate at Lille, Nicolas Plestan has admitted he once slapped the Chelsea star for showing him disrespect.

Plestan said: “Eden Hazard was training with both our senior squad and the Under-21s. He used to criticise us when he dropped down into the junior side.

“One morning he turned up and shook my hand. I told him: ‘Why are you shaking my hand when you slag me off behind my back?’

“He just sucked his teeth by way of reply, so I gave him a slap.

“I am not proud of it, but I don’t regret doing it. It is part of dressing-room life, and there was a lack of dressing-room spirit on his part.

“He had previously had an altercation with another teammate.

“But he went on to be a hard worker.

“Apart from these concerns about his behaviour, which you could put down to his age, Hazard was a good lad who I admired a lot.”

Did that justify giving a fellow teammate a slap? I doubt it; says a lot about the kind of player/person Plestan is.

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