Mourinho: Player of the Year award should go to Hazard

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that Eden Hazard should be the clear winner of the Premier League’s Player of the Year award, Sky Sports has reported.

The Belgian has been in fine form throughout the season, producing consistently skilful performances and scoring 12 goals in 30 Premier League outings to help the club open up a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League going into this weekend.

Among the other players in the running for the annual prize are the Premier League’s top goalscorer, Tottenham striker Harry Kane, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez and Manchester City playmaker David Silva.

Despite their achievements, Mourinho is in no doubt that Hazard has been the best player in the top-flight this season by some distance. “I think what he’s doing, speaking in a very honest way, it shouldn’t even be a debate,” he said.

“If somebody throws other names on the table, it’s because he wants to sell papers, wants to throw some sand into people’s eyes, because this player (Hazard) is by far the best player in the Premier League all season.”

Hazard, who won the Young Player of the Year award for last season, has recently signed a new contract with the Blues that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2021. He was signed in the summer of 2012 in a £32m deal from Lille.

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