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Hazard, Kane bag top player awards

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EDEN-HAZARDLONDON, April 27-Chelsea forward Eden Hazard was named the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday.

The 24-year-old has played a pivotal role for the Blues this season, providing 13 goals and eight assists on the way to what is an almost certain title success.

The Belgium international won the Young Player of the Year accolade last season and passes on the mantle to Tottenham’s Harry Kane this year.

“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,” Hazard said.

“I don’t know if I deserve to win but it is good for me. It is better to be voted by the players – they know everything about football.

“Personally I have played a good season, I have been there in the big games and I scored a lot of important goals, this is why I’m better this season.”

KANE-ITALYKane, meanwhile, collected the Young Player of the Year award after what has been a breakout season for the 21-year-old, netting 30 goals in all competitions for Spurs this season.

He said: “It is amazing. It is a very proud moment for myself and my family – hopefully the first of many to come.

“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.”

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