Eden Hazard is happy for Diego Costa to be the Premier League’s top scorer — as long as he can reclaim the Player of the Year crown he won in Chelsea’s title-winning 2014-15 campaign.
Costa and Hazard scored as the Blues secured their eighth consecutive Premier League victory with a 3-1 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
The result moved the Blues three points clear of Arsenal at the top of the table.
Hazard and Costa account for 19 of the team’s 32 Premier League goals this season, with Costa top of the scoring charts with 11 goals alongside Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez while Hazard has eight.
“It’s not bad, is it?” Hazard said when asked about his goal tally after the City win.
“But I always say to Diego that he can become the top scorer. If I get the chance to score a goal, I will take it. But he can become the top scorer if I can win the trophy of the best player.
“We can laugh about it now, but we’ll see. Diego is performing on a high level and we are scoring a lot of goals.
“We are strong as a team, we are together, and that’s very good. We are going to try to keep playing on this level. We are full of confidence.”
Despite his personal targets, Hazard stressed that his primary aim is to bring the Premier League trophy back to Stamford Bridge in May.
“Records have never been important for me,” he added. “The only thing that interests me is winning the title at the end of the season.
“Man City are title contenders and we won. We are satisfied. City had chances to go 2-0, 3-0 up. They could have won if they’d finished their opportunities, but that’s football. We took our chances.
“Chelsea are always competing for the title. We are in a good position right now, but let’s see. We are trying.”