Liverpool Legend makes bold claim about Chelsea star

Hazard's Chelsea team-mate N'Golo Kante is the current holder, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona, Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer also picking up the award before.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah is a leading contender for the prize after his sparkling first season at Anfield, but Hazard believes Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne would be a worthy victor of the prize this time. He has got everything.

"He's the star player at Chelsea, but there has always been talk of him moving on", the former Liverpool and England defender said on Sky Sports . "He's clever on and off the pitch".

But Conte hit back by insisting it would be reckless to play openly against City and cited Arsenal's back-to-back 3-0 hammerings to the runaway Premier League leaders only days before as examples of why he approached the game cautiously.

His teammates were anxious by Hazard's words after the game, with his comments signalling that he is becoming frustrated playing in the false nine position in Chelsea's biggest games and believe he wants to play for a club that show ambition against Europe's best.

'That's a pity. We could have played on for three hours and I wouldn't [have been able to] touch a ball'.

Chelsea risk losing Eden Hazard in the summer transfer window if Antonio Conte continues to play him as a lone striker, according to reports.

De Bruyne in action for City.

Fellow global compatriot, De Bruyne. "With me, it's a little bit more complicated, but I've tried to do my best".

Before pinpointing De Bruyne's best traits.

However, the modest 25-year-old insisted: 'I am not busy [thinking about it] at the moment but if you receive it, it is a very nice thing.

"We didn't concede one shot on target, we create enough chances to win, and I think we made an wonderful performance because (it) is against Chelsea, the last champion". If you get it in the end, but first is the title and then maybe something like that.

This version of Manchester City are always going to be favourites against nearly every side they face.

He said: "Kevin defends, crosses, assists and scores in big games".

  • Stacy Allen