Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has criticised those thinking of selecting anyone other than his winger Eden Hazard as their PFA Player of the Year.
The Belgian has been the star of the season for the Blues. He has been an ever-present for the side, featuring in every game, scoring twelve goals, and bagging seven assists. His exciting performances have helped Mourinho’s men to a seven point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
With the season well into its final chapter, it is now the time where the players acknowledge the achievements of their peers by voting for their Player, Young Player, and Team of the Year. And the Daily Mail report that the 24-year-old – who is the reigning Young Player of the Year – is being tipped by his manager as the only candidate who can claim the main award.
“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, get more clicks or throw some sand into people’s eyes, because this player is by far the best player in the season.”
The Portuguese manager’s message comes after captain John Terry revealed who he would be voting for on his Instagram account. Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho was his choice for the top prize. And while Mourinho’s words do not apply to the former England skipper – as he cannot vote for his teammate anyway – he may not be happy to see the 34-year-old publicly complimenting some of Hazard’s rivals.