Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho: Eden Hazard focused on title bid not PFA award
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Eden Hazard's chief ambition is to win the Premier League title
Jose Mourinho says Eden Hazard is focused on winning the Premier League title after the forward was named as one of the nominees for the PFA player and young player of the year awards.
The Belgium international has been one of the driving forces behind the west London side’s Premier League title tilt this season, scoring 12 goals and making eight assists in 31 Premier League appearances.
Obviously if you are the top of the collective ambitions, a player deserves something
Hazard, who moved to Chelsea in a big-money deal from Lille in 2013, is set to play a key role against Manchester United as Mourinho’s side look to edge a step closer to title glory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
Asked if his star man deserved to win the award ahead of his fellow nominees, Mourinho was keen to stress that Hazard must keep his eye on the team’s collective goal, the Premier League.
“He wants to win the league – that is the league we want to win and not PFA [award],” Mourinho told his pre-match media conference at Cobham on Friday night.
“Obviously if you are the top of the collective ambitions, a player deserves something. When it comes from your fellow players, it means more.
“If he gets that, but the objective and his, too, is to win the Premier League.”
Hazard is facing competition from Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, Chelsea team-mate Diego Costa, Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, United goalkeeper David De Gea and Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
When asked if he deserved to win manager of the season, Mourinho poured cold water on the notion: “No… I’m the last one because I never got the manager of the month so I can’t think of manager of the season”