Eden Hazard has expressed his belief that Chelsea teammate N'Golo Kante 'deserves' to win this season's PFA Player of the Year award.
Both players are on the six-man shortlist, with the winner set to be announced at the annual awards ceremony on Sunday night.
Despite his nomination, Hazard has claimed that he hopes Kante receives the honour after his 'decisive' impact since arriving at Chelsea from champions Leicester in the summer.
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“Ngolo deserves it," Hazard said - via the Mirror. "Not only for this season but for his two seasons together in the Premier League.
“He is my favourite and I hope he gets it because that would be something for a player who do not always score and decide the matches. He is decisive but in a different way. And that would be good for football."
Hazard has insisted that, if he is to win the award, he will make sure Kante gains an equal amount of recognition. The Belgian has scored 14 Premier League goals so far this season, proving instrumental in a Chelsea side that remain favourites to lift the trophy next month.
He added: ”If I get it, I will invite Ngolo to come to me with the stage. So we can divide him with two."
Kante is the only non-attacking player on the Player of the Year shortlist, with strikers Harry Kane, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku nominated, alongside Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez.