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Sunday 4 December 2016

Blues’ Eden Hazard is toast of the Premier League

Winner of the PFA's Men's Player of the Year, Eden Hazard during the PFA Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London
Winner of the PFA's Men's Player of the Year, Eden Hazard during the PFA Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard was the toast of the Premier League last night as he carried off the PFA Player of the Year award.

The 24-year-old Belgian has scored 18 goals across all competitions for his club this season, helping the Blues win the League Cup and putting them on the brink of a first Premier League title since 2010.

He was rewarded for his sterling performances with the top individual award of the night at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

Victory in their next two games - at Leicester and at home to Crystal Palace - would see Chelsea wrap up the championship.

Hazard said of his award success: “I’m very happy. One day I want to be the best and what I did this season is play very well, Chelsea played very well.

“I don’t know if I deserve to win but it is good for me.

“It is good, it is better to be voted by the players - they know everything about football. This is good. I’m very happy.”

He took the Young Player of the Year prize 12 months ago, and has rapidly progressed to the top award.

“We are almost champions, maybe this is the key,” said Hazard. “Last season we finished third and this season we have an opportunity to win the league. This has changed from last season.

“I continue like I did last season - I try to be the same. I try to score more goals than last season. Personally I have played a good season, I have been there in the big games and I scored a lot of important goals, this is why I’m better this season.”

Hazard’s goal last weekend earned Jose Mourinho’s men a 1-0 win over Manchester United. He picked out that moment as one of his best of the campaign. Asked to describe his season in a single word, Hazard struggled.

“I don’t want to say ‘amazing’ because it is not finished yet - maybe amazing!” he said.

“I started the season not to be the PFA player of the year but it was in my head - I want to be the best and I hope one day I can win a lot of trophies.

“I just want to say thank you to the players who voted for me - it is always good to have an individual trophy but the most important thing is to win the league.

“I hope I can win a lot of trophies again - the most important is to win the league, without my team-mates I would not be here.”

Tottenham striker Harry Kane capped an “unreal” season last night when he landed the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

PFA TEAM OF THE YEAR:

David de Gea (Manchester Utd); Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Gary Cahill (all Chelsea); Alexis Sanchez  (Arsenal), Phillippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Nemanja Matic (Chelsea), Eden Hazard (Chelsea); Harry Kane (Tottenham H), Diego Costa (Chelsea).

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