April 14, 2017 / 6:09 AM / 4 months ago

Costa relishing Hazard partnership at Chelsea

Britain Football Soccer - Chelsea v West Ham United - Premier League - Stamford Bridge - 15/8/16 Chelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring their first goal with Diego Costa Reuters / Eddie Keogh

(Reuters) - Chelsea striker Diego Costa is enjoying his "beautiful" partnership with playmaker Eden Hazard and hoped he could play with the Belgian for a long time.

Hazard and Costa have been crucial to Chelsea's Premier League title challenge, scoring 14 and 17 league goals respectively. They have also provided five assists each, helping Chelsea lead the Premier League table by seven points.

"Playing with Eden is something beautiful. You're playing on the field and at the same time enjoying what he does because he is a top player," Costa told British media.

"At every moment I know when he is going to pass the ball to me and I also know when he wants the ball from me to complete the move."

Hazard has been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award and media reports have linked both players to transfers away from Chelsea at the end of the season.

"He's a boy that impresses me every day, he has a huge potential. He is a beautiful person, a humble guy," Costa said.

"We get on really well while playing and I hope we stay together like this for a very long time."

Chelsea travel to fifth-placed Manchester United on Sunday with their last three visits to Old Trafford ending in draws.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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