Chelsea need to sell 'toxic' Hazard
Former footballer Stan Collymore has urged Chelsea to part ways with Eden Hazard because the forward is 'toxic' in the dressing room.
Belgium international Hazard is regarded as one of the best players in the Premier League and he took his goal tally to 12 this season when bagging a brace in Saturday's 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town.
However, manager Maurizio Sarri believes the 28-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid over the past couple of years, should be producing more than he currently is.
And now, ex-Liverpool striker Collymore believes Hazard is having an adverse effect on the dressing room and a summer exit would be the right plan of action for both club and player.
Writing for the Mirror, he said: "Eden Hazard needs to leave Stamford Bridge – to rid Chelsea of its toxic dressing room. Nothing against the Belgian, who I rate one of the best in the world, but it's time for the club to cash in.
"He's a wonderful talent but I've got a nagging feeling he's part of the problems at the club. Jose Mourinho was lukewarm towards him, Antonio Conte wasn't overly keen, and now he is part of a crew whose bottle Maurizio Sarri has questioned in the last few weeks."
James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.