Exclusive – Eden Hazard ‘already one of the best players in the world,’ according to Chelsea full back

first_img1 Eden Hazard Chelsea full back Cesar Azpilicueta told talkSPORT’s Warren Haughton that he thinks team-mate Eden Hazard is already one of the best players in the world.The Belgian maestro has had a standout season at Stamford Bridge, contributing 16 goals and eight assists in all competitions as the Blues look set to complete a league and cup double.Having already secured the League Cup with victory over Tottenham, Chelsea are six points clear at the Premier League’s summit, and Azpilicueta believes Hazard has been integral to their success.“He is already one of the best players in the world,” said the Spanish international.“Everybody sees that he is a good player and the improvement he has made. He is getting better and better and has big potential to improve.”Hazard is hotly tipped to win this year’s PFA Player of the Year award, having secured the young player’s award last season, and Azpilicueta believes the Belgian would be a deserved winner.The 25-year-old said: “He is going to win a lot of awards this season and the next for sure.“He’s still young and he is going to be at the top for sure.”Chelsea host Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening, knowing a win could extend their lead at the top to nine points over Manchester City, who don’t play until Monday.last_img read more