Eden Hazard: “Diego Costa can have golden boot if I win Player of the Year”

Eden Hazard has struck a compromise agreement with Diego Costa that the Chelsea striker can win the golden boot award if he can take this season’s Player of the Year trophy.

Costa and Hazard were both on target in Chelsea’s stunning 3-1 victory over Manchester City that extended the winning run of the Premier League leaders to eight games.

The pair have been in sensational form over the past two months, with Costa leading the way in the Premier League scoring charts on 11 goals – three ahead of Hazard.

But Hazard is not worried about trying to beat Costa to the golden boot and, instead, wants to reclaim the Player of the Year award he won in 2014/15.

Asked about the fact he has scored eight goals so far this season, Hazard replied: “It’s not bad is it? But I always say to Diego that he can become the top scorer. If I get the chance to score a goal, I will take it. But he can become the top scorer if I can win the trophy of the best player.

“We can laugh about it now, but we’ll see. Diego is performing on a high level, we are scoring a lot of goals. We are strong as a team, we are together and that’s very good. We are going to try to keep playing on this level. We will see, but we are full of confidence.”

Hazard’s goal against City was his 49th in total in the Premier League, but the Belgian insists trying to win the title with Chelsea is more important than personal achievements.

“Records have never been important for me,” said Hazard. “The only thing that interests me is winning the title at the end of the season. Man City are title contenders and we won. We are satisfied. Next week there is another game we will try to win. We are just taking our moments. City had chances to go 2-0, 3-0 up. They could have won if they’d finished their opportunities, but that’s football too. We took our chances.

“Chelsea are always competing for the title. We are in a good position right now, but let’s see. We are trying.”

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