Eden Hazard's public disciplining for absenteeism from training will only serve to make the Chelsea squad stronger as a unit, according to defender Branislav Ivanovic, in a sentiment echoed by the Serbian international's defensive partner at the Blues, Gary Cahill, who has proclaimed a happy camp at Cobham.
'They [Jose Mourinho and Hazard] had their chat one to one and the situation is dealt with,' said Cahill, 27, according to ESPN.
From misplaced passports to missed trains, there have been numerous reasons made for Hazard's notable omission from a Monday practice at Chelsea's training ground and the reason he did not feature in the club's midweek Champions League win over Schalke was, according to Mourinho himself, his own way of sending messages to Hazard.
The first was that he has to honour his responsibilities when it comes to training and the second was that the club can win without him.
Regardless, Hazard remains, in the words of Cahill, 'a terrific player'.
He continued: 'We obviously need him in the squad and available, so of course we look forward to having him back [on Saturday, versus West Bromwich Albion]. I think the manager makes his decisions and he does not have to explain every one.
'But the camp is happy - especially when we are winning games. And the fact players know exactly where they stand but there are no grudges - I suppose you could say that is what people talk about as the Mourinho effect.'
Ivanovic added, as per The Times: 'It is important for the team to accept this as a discipline. Eden will feature in the next game. It means we are serious and we are all together and I don't think he has a problem with that.'
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