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Manchester City were concerned that Kevin de Bruyne would be ‘overlooked’ for the Player of the Year award

‘I was worried because we’ve seen it before’: Manchester City chief Khaldoon Al Mubarak admits the club was concerned that Kevin de Bruyne would be ‘overlooked’ for the Premier League Player of the Year award after Liverpool stars had won the last two awards

  • Kevin de Bruyne was recently named Premier League Player of the Year
  • The Manchester City chairman has admitted that he feared the star would be overlooked
  • De Bruyne became the first Etihad player to receive the award
  • Pep Guardiola refers to the dire lack of individual awards for his players

Manchester City was ‘relieved’ that Kevin De Bruyne was awarded the Premier League Player of the Year, according to Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

The president of the city admitted fearing that De Bruyne, who matched Thierry Henry’s assis record with 20 for the campaign, would miss the prize.

City have won four of the last nine titles, but the Belgian – who wants to commit the club to a new contract – became the first of their players to win the award.

Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne was named Premier League player of the year

Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne was named Premier League player of the year

Club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak admitted fearing midfielder would be overlooked

Club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak admitted fearing midfielder would be overlooked

Club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak admitted fearing midfielder would be overlooked

“It was a combination of being satisfied but also a little relieved,” said Al Mubarak. It’s clearly subjective because of who he’s playing for, but Kevin is the best player in the league this year.

‘I was concerned because we’ve seen it before with City players as they were being overlooked for this very important prize and I was worried that Kevin would be overlooked this year as it was indisputable in my opinion . ‘

Pep Guardiola has previously referred to the lack of individual accolades awarded to his squad, particularly in the two title-winning campaigns.

Pep Guardiola has previously pointed out the dire lack of individual awards for his players

Pep Guardiola has previously pointed out the dire lack of individual awards for his players

Pep Guardiola has previously pointed out the dire lack of individual awards for his players

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah took the medal two seasons ago despite City's title win

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah took the medal two seasons ago despite City's title win

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah took the medal two seasons ago despite City’s title win

Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk won it when City reached 100 points and then defended their crown.

Al Mubarak added: ‘Kevin has earned it, he has shown it and I am glad he has received this appreciation and respect from the football world.

He has become an important leader of this group. He really is City’s future and all I can say is well deserved and well deserved. ‘

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