Costa relishing Hazard partnership at Chelsea

The Argentine came close to taking charge of Chelsea after talks with Roman Abramovich

Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante have been named among the six nominees for the English Professional Footballers' Association player of the year award.

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".

Chelsea could have stood to earn over £70 million from the sale of their main striker but they were unwilling to negotiate for the Spain global amid their Premier League title challenge. Awards are important but the most important thing is if you match the two.

"I don't like to make a choice between two of my players", he said with a smile.

And while Conte is pleased for the pair, he refused to pick between his two star players.

"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".

"I think they deserve the best, they are having a great season like all my players".

Chelsea travel to fifth-placed Manchester United on Sunday with their last three visits to Old Trafford ending in draws. "I want to see who is the victor".

"United also want to play and find a place in next season's Champions League and arrive in the first four and I think they have every possibility to do this".

The 26-year-old Belgian winger has been in terrific form this season, and his display in Chelsea's 4-0 win over the Red Devils in the reverse fixture proved how risky he is for the Blues. "It's not right to talk about players from other teams, we must have respect for players and other clubs".

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