Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante have arguably been Chelsea’s best players this season, and Diego Costa has admitted playing with Hazard is beautiful, while also revealing the impact Kante has had on the team.

“Playing with him is something beautiful,” Costa said of the Belgian. “You are playing on the field and enjoying at the same time what he does during the minutes he is on the field, because he is a top player. At every moment I know more or less when he is going to pass the ball on to me and I also sort of know when he’s going to ask me for the ball to complete the move.

“He is a boy who impresses me every day. He has huge potential and he is a very humble, easy-going guy. A beautiful person. We get on really well while playing and I hope we stay together like this for a very long time.

“He’s proved how important he has been. He is the sort of player who makes the difference in very important games. He is a different sort of player and to me he is one of the best players in the Premier League by far.

Of Kante, Costa said: “Kante is the team’s heart. He is a player who gives us a lot of things: he scores for us and on the field he offers a huge support, not so much for me personally because of my position at the front, but he is always there for the defenders and midfielders. He is an impressive player. All you need to think is he left Leicester and Leicester has not had such a good season compared to the previous one, so you really notice a lot when a player like him goes.”

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