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Jose Mourinho believes that Eden Hazard is easily the best player in the Premier League and thinks that there can be no other choice for the winner of the PFA Player of the Year award.

However, Tottenham striker Harry Kane who has netted 29 goals in all competitions this season and Liverpool magician Philippe Coutinho have also been tipped as potential’s.

But Mourinho has backed the young Belgian to beat his competitors, which was last won by a Chelsea Football Club player in 2004-05, when Defender John Terry claimed it for captaining the club to their first league title in 50 years.

“With what he’s doing, speaking in a very honest way, it shouldn’t even be a debate,” Mourinho told reporters.

“If somebody throws other names on the table, it’s because they want to sell papers, to throw sand into people’s eyes. This player is by far the best player of this season.”

Mourinho has also rebuffed the suggestions that the Blues have simply coasted throughout 2014-15, insisting that this title race has been the most difficult of his managerial career

Chelsea have led the Premier League table since August, and now sit seven points clear of second-placed Arsenal, having played a game less.

However, Mourinho said: “No, in England this league is more difficult than the others I’ve played. More teams involved in the title race. First period it was us, United and Arsenal. At this moment, also City and Liverpool and Tottenham.

“The quality of the mid-table teams is also important and more difficult. Has the title race been boring, why? We didn’t dominate.

“It’s more fun when we are champions. That’s the funny moment.”

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