John Obi Mikel brands ex-Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard as the laziest footballer he's ever seen

Eden Hazard had a relaxed approach to Chelsea's training sessions, claims John Obi Mikel (Chelsea FC via Getty)

John Obi Mikel has described former Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard as 'the laziest footballer I've ever seen in my life'.

Hazard is regarded as one of Chelsea's best-ever players, helping the club win six major trophies, including two Premier League titles, during his time at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgium international went on to join Real Madrid for an initial €100 million (£88.5m) fee in 2019 but has struggled during his four seasons in La Liga.

Mikel has revealed that during his time alongside Hazard at Chelsea, the 32-year-old was the only player to lack commitment in training and was amazed that the forward was able to produce during matches.

'I never knew what training meant to these guys until I joined Chelsea,' Mikel told Dubai Eye 103.8.

'The way they played games is the way they trained, there are tackles flying in, there are fights on the training ground, it was like proper boxing in training because everyone wants to be in the XI come the weekend.

'There is no place for you to be like, 'I don't want to train today'.

John Obi Mikel claims Eden Hazard barely moved during Chelsea's training sessions

'The only player I saw who did that and got away with it was Eden Hazard.

'He never trained. The most laziest footballer I've ever seen in my life.

'But then come the weekend he produces, he'll win man of the match then come in [the dressing room] with the trophy and is like, 'come on, guys, see'.

'I actually think when you look at him now [at Real Madrid] he's lost a lot of weight.

'But when he was at Chelsea the night before games after dinner, he sits there for 20 minutes eating rice pudding. He likes his food.


Keep up to date with our latest articles and uploads...