Chelsea Talisman Eden Hazard has been told to improve for Belgium or face being dropped by coach Marc Wilmots.
Hazard has enjoyed a great season at Stamford Bridge scoring 13 goals – making him Chelsea’s top scorer – which has seen the Londoners challenging for the Premier League. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has labelled the 23-year-old the leading young talent in European football, but Hazard is yet to perform at anywhere near the same level for his country.
The Belgian has struck just five times in his 42 appearances for his country, just two of which came in World Cup qualification. With less than four months until the World Cup campaign, where much is expected from Belgium, Wilmots insists Hazard must raise his standards or face the axe. I once played with Zinedine Zidane. The ball was part of him, nothing was impossible. I have the same feeling when Hazard has the ball,” Wilmots told L’Avenir. Eden knows what I expect of him and that I will not tolerate any laxity in matches. Drop once in effort, it is too many times. If one day, I feel it is not in this spirit, I will do without him. He needs to improve his stats with the national team. Five goals, including two penalty kicks, in almost 50 games? It is not enough. “
Read more Chelsea transfer news.