Kevin de Bruyne: Man City star crowned 2020 PFA Player of the Year

Kevin de Bruyne: Man City star crowned 2020 PFA Player of the Year

- Kevin de Bruyne has been named 2020 PFA Player of the Year

- The midfielder scored 13 goals and 20 assists to win the prestigious award

- Alexander-Arnold won the PFA Young Player of the Year award

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Manchester City superstar Kevin de Bruyne has emerged winner of the 2020 Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award.

The Belgian star beat stiff competition from Liverpool's Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold to win the prestigious prize.

He has now become the first City star to win the award, while Chelsea's Bethany England takes home the women's category of the award.

However, despite missing out on the main prize, Alexander-Arnold outshined the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Greenwood, Mason Mount, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka to be named this year's PFA Young Player of the Year.

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Pep Guardiola's City finished second on the Premier League table with 18 points behind Liverpool but De Bruyne after scoring 13 goals and 20 assists was considered worthy for the prize.

Kevin de Bruyne: Man City star crowned 2020 PFA Player of the Year
Kevin de Bruyne in action for Man City during their Champions League clash against Lyon - Getty Images
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The former Chelsea star was however swift to thank his current manager for giving him the chance to operate creatively.

"Most of the time he just lets me be me," the 29-year-old said of Guardiola. "We speak often about the team but in a lot of senses, he knows when he gives the orders of what the team has to do that I will listen.

"But then on the other side, he gives me a lot of freedom; I don't know why that's just the way it goes between us.

"He knows in one way I will always put the team first and then obviously if I can help myself I'm going to do that.

"But he knows that I want the team to win, and if the team wins I will gain from it. So I think in that sense he feels fine and he trusts me completely."

Alexander-Arnold played a part in 12 clean sheets in Liverpool's league triumph, and also laid on 13 assists and four goals, continuing to develop his already deadly all-court game.

The 21-year-old warned Liverpool's rivals that German boss Klopp's side were nowhere near satisfied with their successes to date. earlier reported that Manchester City welcome newly crowned champions Liverpool for their Premier League second leg fixture on Thursday.

The Reds made history this campaign after successfully dethroning the Citizens as the latest EPL kings after waiting for about three decades.

There are 23 points separating the two sides ahead of the fixture this week but Danny Murphy believes the Liverpool stars are nowhere near one City star Kevin De Bruyne.

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