Jose Mourinho has backed Eden Hazard to be crowned the PFA Player of the Year, claiming that the Belgian is 'by far' the best player in the Premier League.
Hazard is the current bookmakers' favourite to scoop the prize having scored 12 Premier League goals and provided eight assists in 31 appearances to date.
Hazard's latest key contribution came in Chelsea's 1-0 win against QPR today, with the winger teeing up Cesc Fabregas to score the game's decisive goal.
Before kick-off Mourinho was banging the drum for his star player, telling BBC that Hazard is streets ahead of fellow contenders such as Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez.
"I think what he's doing, speaking in a very honest way, it shouldn't even be a debate," he said.
"If somebody throws other names on the table, it's because he wants to sell papers, wants to throw some sand into people's eyes, because [Hazard] is by far the best player in the Premier League all season."
Hazard is trying to become the first Chelsea player to win the award since Frank Lampard scooped the prize back in 2004/05.
Chelsea are now seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table after the victory today, while they still have a game in hand over Arsenal in second place.
The Blues managed to scrape home, scoring with their only shot on target in the game which puts them on the cusp of their first league title since 2010.
Eden Hazard has been superb this season, but even he's not been able to help improve Chelsea's faltering form in recent months.
Mourinho is probably pushing it a little far to say Hazard is 'by far' the best in the league, given that Hazard, Kane and Aguero have all had exceptional seasons. Indeed, it may be a little closer than Mourinho likes to believe.
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