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top man Kevin De Bruyne named PFA Player of the Year in Man City clean sweep


File photo dated 12-04-2016 of Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

File photo dated 12-04-2016 of Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

File photo dated 12-04-2016 of Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

Kevin De Bruyne has been named the Professional Footballers’ Association’s men’s player of the year for the second successive season, with his Manchester City team-mate Phil Foden was announced as young player of the year.

Manchester City midfielder De Bruyne, 29, is the first player to win the men’s award for two straight campaigns since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

Thierry Henry is the only other player since the awards started at the end of the 1973-74 season to receive the accolade twice running (2002-03 and 2003-04).

“I am becoming more of a leader on the pitch, off the pitch. I am learning a lot about myself, about the way the team is run and it can only help me for the future,” De Bruyne said in a video released by the PFA.

“You want to win all the trophies with the team and then obviously if you win a trophy like this, this is probably the most important one as an individual trophy in the league.

“To be voted by your competitors who you compete with every game, that says a lot. They are the people, in my view, who know the most about the game and they are trying to get to the best level.

“When you have these things, you can show your kids and say, ‘Look, this is what daddy did when he was younger’.”

De Bruyne maintained his outstanding form for City this season as Pep Guardiola’s side won a third Premier League title in four years, scoring six goals and recording 12 assists in 25 league appearances.

The Belgium playmaker pipped City team-mates Foden, Ilkay Gundogan and Ruben Dias, who were named on a six-man shortlist alongside Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes.

Foden capped a superb campaign by being named PFA men’s young player of the year.

The 21-year-old scored 16 goals in 50 appearances for City in all competitions as Guardiola’s side won the title and Carabao Cup while they also reached the Champions League final.

Chelsea’s Mason Mount, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, West Ham’s Declan Rice and Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood were all on the shortlist for the young player prize.

Foden said in a PFA video: “I’m really honoured. There have been some great players in the past that have won it and I feel really lucky to win it because there have been so many great young talents this year. It’s a special moment.”

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