Hazard calls Belgium teammate “the best player in the PL”

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There’s very little doubt in the mind of Eden Hazard, who was not so long ago widely considered the best player in the Premier League, over who is the current “best player in the PL.”

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It’s surely more than a little bittersweet for Hazard — while he’s fortunate enough to play with Kevin De Bruyne for the Belgian national team, it was his club side, Chelsea, which let De Bruyne leave for Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg, and ultimately Manchester City, after making just three appearances for the west London club.

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Now, almost four full years later, De Bruyne has ascended to unquestionable World Best XI status. Everyone who’s watched 30 minutes of Man City this season knows it, and Hazard certainly knows it — quotes from the Standard:

“Kevin is definitely the best player in the Premier League. He plays with a good team but that’s also thanks to him that they play so well.

“He has been criticized when he has played for Belgium, but I do not always think that’s fair. He always carries out everything and does his best. He’s an excellent player for our team.”

While Chelsea made a profit of roughly $14.5 million when they transferred De Bruyne to Wolfsburg in January 2014, one can’t help but daydream how the Blues’ on-field fortunes might have differed in recent seasons had they kept the dynamic Belgian duo together another six or 12 months, just long enough to flourish and take the world by storm.