Mourinho doesn't consider Suarez as player of the year

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Jose Mourinho would have chosen Edin Dzeko as his player of the year instead of the Liverpool attacker.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is of the opinion that Luis Suarez is undeserving of the two player of the year awards that he has received.

Suarez was voted as Football Writers’ Player of the Year and the PFA Player of the Year in recent weeks, but the Portuguese boss would not have voted for him.

Instead Mourinho believes that Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko would have been a more viable candidate.

He said of the Bosnian striker: “He’s not just a goalscorer. He assists, he plays, he behaves, he’s fair, he doesn’t dive, doesn’t try to put opponents in the stands with accumulation of cards.”

Dzeko has been in fine form during City’s run in, scoring pivotal goals to help his team establish a lead at the top of the league.

That said, he still remains a divisive figure at the Etihad. Whilst some fans admire his technique, others bemoan his lack of agility and pace and feel that he could offer more to the team in terms of his work-rate.

Mourinho, who returned to Stamford Bridge this summer, did stress that his choice would be on the basis that he believes that the player of the year should be plying his trade with the champions.

However, even if Liverpool were to lift the Premier League trophy for the first time - which would require Dzeko’s City team slipping up at home against West Ham on the final day of the season - he still wouldn’t have picked the Uruguayan front-man for the accolade.

If this was to be the case, Mourinho insists that he would have chosen Steven Gerrard instead.

"If Liverpool win [the title] - and it would not take a miracle - I would go for Steven Gerrard. He has had a very good season in a position where he is important for a team, changing his profile as a player,” he said to reporters.

His words come as a snub to Suarez, who has dazzled defences with his fine performances this campaign.

Suarez has scored 31 Premier League goals this season, 11 more than any other player, and been a pivotal figure in Liverpool’s success.

He can also take solace in the fact that he is almost unanimously thought of as deserving of the player of the year award, even if Mourinho doesn’t think he is.

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