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De Bruyne named PFA Player of the Year for second straight season

Manchester City Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has won the Professional Footballers’ Association men’s Players’ Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season.

The 29-year-old Belgian is the second player to retain the men’s award, after Cristiano Ronaldo did so at Manchester United in 2008 and 2009.

“You want to win all the trophies as a team and this is probably the most important one as an individual,” said De Bruyne.
“To be voted by your competitors, by players who you compete with every game – to choose you, that says a lot.

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

He scored six Premier League goals and registered 12 assists in City’s double success before fracturing his nose and left eye socket during the Champions League final defeat by Chelsea on 29 May.

He has since had minor surgery on his facial injury and will join the Belgium Euro 2020 squad on Monday.

In more cheering news for City fans, midfielder Phil Foden won the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

The 21-year-old made 50 appearances for Manchester City in all competitions during the season, scoring 16 goals.

The Stockport-born midfielder also made his senior England debut in September and has been included in manager Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020.

He said: “There have been some great players in the past that have won it, and I feel really lucky because there have been so many great young talents this year.

“I’m really happy and it’s a special moment.”

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