Jose Mourinho has yet again insisted that Chelsea boast the best young player on the planet in Eden Hazard, according to Yahoo Sport.
The Belgian playmaker, who netted a hat trick during Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Newcastle at the weekend to continue his sensational run of form. And, to add to the plaudits he has already dumped on the 23-year-old this campaign, Mourinho was quick to play up the quality on his star man.
“He is special," Mourinho said.
"I don't want to compare him with the monsters, because the monsters have 10 years of career, winning trophies, scoring goals; I think it's not fair for the monsters and it's not fair for the kid to make that comparison.
"But I don't see a better young player. I think in this moment he's the best young player in the world.”
It’s something of a far cry from the scenario Hazard found himself in before Christmas, when he was dropped for the Blues’ Champions League clash against Schalke due to missing a training session.
However few can argue with Mourinho’s stance on the former Lille man. Having emerged as one of the key players over the last two years, Hazard has evolved to become the main man.
Whether or not owning “the best young player in the world” will be enough to win the west Londoners the league ahead of the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal remains to be seen, but it stands to reason that Chelsea will have to fend off competition from mega-rich suitors as of this summer.