Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that he believes the club’s star man Eden Hazard should be named as Player of the Year this season, the Daily Express reports.
Hazard is the reigning PFA Young Player of the Year, and it has been largely attributed that his form this year has been the key reason for the Blues keeping their title challenge alive in the second half of the campaign.
With 17 goals and nine assists so far, Hazard has provided the Blues with a spark that has been difficult for other sides to contain, and will feature in his 100th game for the club this weekend in the west London battle with Queens Park Rangers.
And Mourinho believes it would be a travesty should the 24-year-old be overlooked for the best player gong.
“With what he’s doing, speaking in a very honest way, it shouldn’t even be a debate,” said Mourinho.
“If somebody throws other names on the table, it’s because they want to sell papers, to throw sand into people’s eyes. This player is by far the best player of this season.”
Mourinho also confirmed that Diego Costa will be missing for the next month, but promised that the Spaniard will be back before the end of the season.
“Diego will certainly play again this season,” said the manager. “We have eight matches to play. If he plays four, it’s normal.
“If he plays three, it’s a little bit below what I’m expecting. If he plays five, it’s more.”