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Kevin de Bruyne loses out on the PFA award to Man City teammate Phil Foden

Foden wins the accolade for the second year running, but Manchester City team-mate De Bruyne was denied a third consecutive PFA Player of the Year award.

The PFA Young Player of the Year title went to Phil Foden, but Manchester City teammate Kevin De Bruyne lost out to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

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With a third successive victory, De Bruyne would become the first player to win three PFA Player of the Year accolades. With 15 goals and eight assists, the City talisman had another spectacular season, finishing as the Blues’ top scorer and assist provider.

The honour, however, went to Salah of Liverpool, who finished the season as the Premier League’s joint-top scorer with 23 goals and 13 assists. The Egypt international was one of three Reds on the shortlist, which also included Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk, as well as Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur and Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United.

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The awards were handed out on Thursday night, and City had a winner. In addition to his Premier League Young Player of the Season honour, Foden won the Young Player award.

The 22-year-old has won the PFA award for the second year in a row, becoming the first player to do so since Dele Alli in 2016 and 2017. Foden scored nine goals and added five assists to win his fourth Premier League trophy.

Foden won the accolade ahead of England teammates Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Conor Gallagher, and Reece James. In an all-English line-up, Aston Villa’s Jacob Ramsey was also named.

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Foden, speaking after receiving the honour, said: “I’m really honoured, especially to win it back-to-back. It shows that I’ve come a long way this year with the consistency of my game. I’m really pleased to win it again.

All the best players in the world have got to show consistency and keep performing at the higher level and this year I’ve just tried to do that help my team as much as possible. I’ve been really happy with my performances this year. Hopefully I can win the main award in the future, but it’s all about taking small steps and improving.

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