Guardiola: De Bruyne should have won Player of the Year

Guardiola: De Bruyne should have won Player of the Year

Pep Guardiola says Kevin De Bruyne should have been named the PFA Player of the Year.

The Belgium midfielder lost out to Liverpool’s Mo Salah, who was voted the winner by his peers following his 31-goal (and counting) haul in the Premier League.

The Egyptian has been Liverpool’s stand-out player and a huge factor in their push for a top two finish – however Guardiola believes De Bruyne’s contribution has been un-matched.


“I know my opinion about these awards,” began the Spaniard.

“From my point of view when you are analysing the nine or 10 months, there was no player better than him, in terms of the continuity, in terms of being there every three days of all competitions.

“I am sorry. Maybe in numbers there are guys better than him, but no (there is no better) player in this season. For me he was the best, but it is my opinion, but the opinions of the players could be different.”

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It was a night to remember for one City player in particular however, Leroy Sane, who was handed the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed a fine sophomore season with City, scoring 13 goals and providing 14 assists in all competitions.

“The Premier League has fantastic players and I’m really honoured to receive the award,” said Sane after picking up the award, “All the other players who were also nominated played a really good season and they also deserve to win.

“I have to just say thank you to my team-mates, staff, coaches and also the fans.”