Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard’s impressive season was recognised by his peers when he won England’s Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award on Sunday. The award came amid tight opposition from Tottenham striker Harry Kane, Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Manchester united’s David De Gea.
The 24-year-old Belgian playmaker has scored 18 goals in all competitions so far this term, helping Chelsea win the English League Cup and leaving Jose Mourinho’s side poised to bring the Premier League trophy back to Stamford Bridge for the first time since 2010.
Hazard, speaking at an awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel that took place hours after Chelsea’s goalless draw with Arsenal across London at the Emirates Stadium, said: “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.
“I don’t know if I deserve to win but it is good for me.”
He added: “It is good, it is better to be voted by the players — they know everything about football. This is good. I’m very happy.”
Last season saw Hazard win the PFA’s Young Player of the Year prize but he preferred to focus on Chelsea’s progress as a team rather than his own performances.
Meanwhile, Tottenham striker Harry Kane was been named the PFA Young Player of the Year, seeing off the challenge of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, who won the main award.
Kane has scored 20 Premier League goals in a stunning breakthrough season at White Hart Lane and beating Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, who came second and third.
The 21-year-old has scored 30 in all competitions for his club, and another one on his England debut just 79 seconds after coming off the bench against Lithuania at the end of March.
“It is amazing. It is a very proud moment for myself and my family – hopefully the first of many to come,” Kane said.
“I have got to keep working hard, but to be recognised by your fellow players is something special and it is a night I won’t forget.
“I got the opportunity with the gaffer and I have really enjoyed my season so far – I have taken my chance.”