Kevin de Bruyne is voted Premier League Player of the Season as he beats Liverpool rival Mohamed Salah and Spurs’ Son Heung-min to the award after inspiring Manchester City to the brink of the title
Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne has been named Premier League Player of the season, pipping Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
The Belgian has enjoyed one of his most successful seasons, 15 goals in 29 appearances from midfield and providing a further seven assists.
He has been pivotal in helping City into pole position to retain the Premier League crown ahead of the final day of the season on Sunday.
Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne has been named Premier League Player of the season
The Belgian beat Golden Boot contenders Mohamed Salah (left) and Son Heung-Min (right)
De Bruyne was previously named Premier League Player of the Season in the 2019-20 campaign, meaning a member of Pep Guardiola’s squad has won the award for the past three years after Ruben Dias picked up the prize last year.
‘To win this award for a second time is an achievement that I am really proud of,’ De Bruyne said.
‘There is so much quality in the Premier League and it is a pleasure to be nominated with so many other great players who have had incredible seasons for their clubs.
The midfielder has scored 15 goals in 29 appearances and provided a further seven assists
He has been pivotal in helping City into pole position to retain the Premier League crown
‘I think my performances this season have been good and I am happy that I have been able to contribute with goals and assists throughout the season.
‘Thank you to all of the staff, coaches and especially my teammates because without them this wouldn’t be possible.’
The midfielder beat Liverpool rival Salah and Spurs striker Son Heung-min to the award. Salah, who leads Son by a goal in the race for the Golden Boot, was named the Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year earlier this month.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jarrod Bowen, City team-mate Joao Cancelo, Bukayo Saka and James Ward-Prowse had also been shortlisted for the award.
Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold (left) were shortlisted after the Reds trophy-laden season
Spurs’ striker Son trails Salah by one in the Golden Boot standings ahead of the final game
Fans, team captains and a panel of experts voted for the winner with De Bruyne seeing off the rest of the Premier League elite.
Alexander-Arnold and Saka were also shortlisted for the Premier League’s Young Player of the Season.
However, earlier on Saturday, De Bruyne’s team-mate Phil Foden was named Young Player of the Season for the second consecutive year.
His fine form was enough to see off a host of England team-mates including Liverpool star Alexander-Arnold, Chelsea’s Mason Mount and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
Phil Foden has won the fan vote for the Premier League Young Player of the Year award
Also making the shortlist were Arsenal pair Aaron Ramsdale and Saka, and Crystal Palace duo Conor Gallagher and Tyrick Mitchell.
Guardiola’s side head into the final game of the season one point ahead of Liverpool as the title race reaches a thrilling climax.
City face Aston Villa, managed by Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, to ensure they stay above the Reds and secure their fourth title in five years.
Guardiola and Klopp are on a five-man shortlist for Manager of the Season and are joined by Patrick Vieira, Eddie Howe and Thomas Frank.
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