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Jose Mourinho hasn't congratulated Eden Hazard over award yet

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that he is yet to congratulate Eden Hazard for winning the PFA Player of the Year prize last night.

The Belgian scooped the award after scoring 13 goals and bagging eight assists this season, helping Chelsea to the top of the table, ten points clear with a game in hand from Manchester City in second place.

Denials

When asked whether he'd said well done to Hazard for his win ahead of Chelsea's clash against Leicester on Wednesday evening, Mourinho responded: "No". When pushed if he would be doing so, the Special One replied: Yes. But it is more important to be champions. But it is nice. He deserves it and I am happy for every player that has helped him to achieve the level he has achieved this season and helped him win the player of the year."

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The 24-year-old has attracted interest from Real Madrid in recent months, with club legend Zinedine Zidance admitting recently that he was keeping 'an eye' on the Belgian international.

Deal

Mourinho quickly moved to deny that Hazard, who recently put pen to paper on a five year deal at Stamford Bridge, could be on the move soon and said he would cost at least '£100m each leg' to prise him away from west London.

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Hazard has also himself insisted he is happy to stay put for the foreseeable future having also attracted interest from Paris Saint-Germain. The former Lille ace says he is delighted to be named the player of the year, but insists it is more important to help Chelsea become champions, which they will do if they beat Leicester and Crystal Palace the following weekend.

"I just want to say thank you to the players who voted for me," he said. "It's a good opportunity to give more. It's always good to win an individual trophy, but the most important thing is to win the league this season. I hope I can win a lot of trophies, but the most important thing is to win the league."

Winner

Hazard also picked out his winner against Manchester United last weekend as his favourite goal of the season.

"The goal last week against Man United," he answered when asked. "Because it is always good to score in the big games and United were close to Chelsea. We took the three points, and this was important."

Opinion

Eden Hazard has been in fine form this season and deserves to pick up the prize as Chelsea close in on their first league title since 2010.

However it is hard to escape the feeling that Harry Kane maybe should have won the award; he's part of a worse team and has scored more goals - plus he's the first Tottenham player since Gary Lineker to reach 30 goals, what else does he have to do to win the prize?

Does Eden Hazard deserve to win the PFA Player of the Year prize?

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