Hazard 'proud' of PFA nominations in debut Chelsea season

The Belgian gives credit to his team-mates for his successful first term at Stamford Bridge and thinks the Blues have an "excellent chance" of winning the Europa League
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard is delighted to be nominated for two end-of-season awards in his first campaign in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old is up for both PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards in his debut season in the Premier League after making his big money move from Lille last summer - with the winner announced on Sunday evening.

Hazard, though, claims he owes much to his team-mates for helping him settle into life in London and at Stamford Bridge.

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“I was very proud to be nominated for two awards, especially in my first season. What is pleasing is that it is the other players who vote for you and that means a lot," he told the club’s official website.

“That gives me so much pleasure for that to happen. But also I owe a lot to my team-mates. They have helped me so much.

“It can be hard when you come to a different country, very difficult. But it did not take me long to adapt. I managed to start very well and I fitted into the team quickly.”

The Belgium international has helped Chelsea reach semi-finals in the FA Cup, Capital One Cup and Europa League so far this season, and hopes success in the latter will make up for disappointment in the two domestic cups.

He added: “After the win in Basel, we now have a great chance of winning the third semi-final in which we have played this year.

“It hurt to lose the other two. When you lose in the semi-final, it is the hardest to take. But maybe it will be third time lucky.”