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Chelsea’s Hazard among world’s best three players: Mourinho



London, April 20: Chelsea footballer Eden Hazard is among the best three players in the world, claims team manager Jose Mourinho.

The 24-year-old has enjoyed a stellar season, scoring 18 goals and making 10 assists in all competitions as Chelsea close in on a first Premier League title since 2010.

The Belgian footballer has been nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Player and Young Player of the Year award after another fine English Premier League campaign, notching 13 goals and eight assists in the competition alone.

"He's a kid, but he is also a family man and he knows he is one of the three best players in the world, responsibility comes with that and he is coping with that responsibility," Mourinho was quoted as saying by goal.com on Monday.

Hazard was the hero on Saturday as Chelsea extended their lead at the top to 10 points after he scored the winner in his side's 1-0 victory over Manchester United.

"If people want to be fair, he gets that award (Player of the Year). But the award I want him to win is the Premier League. I've had lots of stars, but he's the humble star," the 52-year-old manager said.

"He's a great kid. Physically, mentally he's getting very, very strong. He understands his role. He understands his talent is fundamental for the team."

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