Costa relishing Hazard partnership at Chelsea

Costa relishing Hazard partnership at Chelsea

Costa relishing Hazard partnership at Chelsea

They have been nominated alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sadio Mane, Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku.

The victor will be announced on April 23.

Conte acknowledged Belgium playmaker Hazard and France midfielder Kante deserved nominations for their part in Chelsea's rise to a seven-point lead at the top of the table.

Diego Costa, one of the "three rats" alongside "Cesl" and "Iazzard", rediscovered his scoring touch (and lost some of his "edgier" habits) soon after Jose Mourinho was sacked last season, spending the next twelve months as one of the Premier League's hottest goalscorers.

Costa, though, has suggested those rumours were untrue, as he told Sky Sports ahead of this weekend's trip to United: "In all honesty I always tell people that I am grateful to Mourinho because he helped me a lot".

"I think Manchester United will be defensively very strong, but I still think they are going to struggle to contain those players". Awards are important but the most important thing is if you match the two.

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"He helped me a lot and then what happened is that the following season didn't go well, these things happen, but the truth is that Mourinho helped me a lot to improve as a player". It's not right. They deserve the best because they are having a good season, but I think all my players are having a great season.

Conte admits his players face a tough test against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Nissan Super Sunday as they look to cement their place at the Premier League summit.

"'I am pleased because it is a fight between my two players and the other teams and I want to see who wins".

"I wanted to come to Chelsea because of Mourinho".

However, there are three other clubs in China also aware of the possibility of securing the now out-of-form striker and have the financial clout to complete a move.

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