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Cesc Fabregas was teammates with Eden Hazard for four years at Chelsea before they went to Monaco and Real Madrid respectively.
It has always been said of Hazard that he was a poor trainer, even though he was a great player.
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho recently admitted that Hazard was awful in training and could be a better player if he took training seriously.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Mourinho said Hazard ‘doesn’t work much’ in training sessions and claimed he would be a much better player if he showed more professionalism in training.
“The truth about Eden Hazard? The truth is what you see from him, he is an amazing player with awful training,” Mourinho said.
“You can only imagine what he could be with a super professional attitude in training.
“In the end, he is an amazing kid, he is an incredible family man, he looks like he doesn’t belong to this generation of players, he’s very quiet and is totally focused on family, on kids, on parents, on a very quiet life.
“But he gets onto the pitch every morning and… he doesn’t work much. When he gets onto the pitch you don’t see the reflection of a week of work, you just see a reflection of his talent.
“He is this amazing player and you can imagine if he was a top professional. When he went to Real Madrid I thought ‘wow, this guy is going to the biggest club in the world and is going to feel this huge pressure to be always at the top, this guy is going to win the Golden Ball, because he is amazing’.”
Fabregas has now admitted that although Mourinho may be right about Hazard’s lack of intensity in training, the Belgian superstar’s poor form at Real Madrid is due to his persistent ankle injury.
He told the Daily Telegraph: “I saw that Jose Mourinho was recently critical of his training and is it true that sometimes maybe he seems like he doesn’t care in training or doesn’t approach training the way he should? Probably, yes, but it is not really fair to judge him against two players like Cristiano and Leo, who are different animals.
“You also have to remember that Eden has broken his ankle three times and the moment when he moved to Real Madrid and I felt it was time for him to explode and do something really special, the luck didn’t go in his favour.
“Unfortunately, you cannot control when you have the ball and someone comes up behind you and kicks you, and this has been happening to Eden even before I started playing with him.
“Jose was always complaining that Eden was getting kicked and wasn’t getting any protection and now, unfortunately, we have seen the result of that. He’s a very strong player, he keeps taking the ball, getting kicked, getting back up, continuing to play and because of this the defenders have to kick him harder and harder to keep him down.”