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Chelsea news: Eden Hazard clinches award ahead of Man Utd and Man City stars
- Updated: February 8, 2018
EDEN HAZARD pipped Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne to a prestigious award.
Hazard was named the Best Belgian player in a Foreign League for 2017 yesterday.
The playmaker edged out De Bruyne, garnering 326 votes, winning by a mere 11 and was 56 ahead of Napoli's Dries Mertens.
De Bruyne, who has been in irresistible form this season for Manchester City, had picked up the accolade for the past two seasons on the trot.
The City star had topped the second round of voting after Mertens led after the first round of voting.
But Hazard got the gong after picking up the most votes overall.
Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku, meanwhile, finished fourth.
Discussing his win, Hazard said: “My first prize in Belgium and certainly not my last one.”
And Hazard has revealed he would have voted for Martens if he had the chance.
He added: “What a good year he had. With a lot of goals too.
“I go for him, because he also played in a position that was not actually his. He was not an attacker.”
Hazard didn’t pick up his award in person due to commitments with Nike.