Chelsea Playmaker Eden Hazard named PFA top dog

Chelsea Eden Hazard Player of the Year

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Playmaker Eden Hazard feels he has been “better” for Chelsea this season after being named the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year.

The 24-year-old beat off competition from the likes of Stamford Bridge team-mate Diego Costa, David de Gea of Manchester United and Spurs hot-shot Harry Kane to win the award.

Belgium international Hazard has scored 13 goals and provided eight assists in 33 Premier League games to help the Blues all but seal the title this season.

“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,” Hazard said.

“I don’t know if I deserve to win but it is good for me. It is better to be voted by the players – they know everything about football.

“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.”

Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez and Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho were also nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award.

England international Kane was named the PFA’s Young Player of the Year after scoring 30 goals in all competitions for Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season.

The 21-year-old also made a goalscoring full international debut for Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions against Lithuania in last month.

Former England midfielders Steven Gerrard, 34, and Frank Lampard, 36, shared the PFA Merit award as they prepare to leave the Premier League at the end of the season to end their careers in Major League Soccer in the United States.

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