Manchester City and Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season.

City teammate Phil Foden won the PFA Young Player of the Year award and it is no surprise that it was City’s players who won the awards given their successful Premier League-winning campaign.

Both players were extremely influential as City won a third Premier League title in four years and their fourth consecutive League Cup.

De Bruyne is the second player to retain the men’s award after Cristiano Ronaldo who had won back-to-back awards during his time at Manchester United.

“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.'”

The Belgium international scored 6 Premier League goals and had 12 assists this season in England’s top-flight.

He played a key role in City’s domestic double success before fracturing his nose and left eye socket during the UEFA Champions League final, which they lost to Chelsea on 29 May.

Phil Foden Manchester City

A star in the making – Phil Foden
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He has since had minor surgery on his face and is joining the Belgium international squad for the UEFA European Championship (EURO 2020).

Foden made 50 appearances for Manchester City in all competitions during the season, scoring 16 goals, making him one of the standout youngsters in European football.

The Stockport-born midfielder also made his senior England debut in September 2020 and will have a crucial role to play in England’s bid to win the Euro 2020, especially given that it will be a home tournament for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions.

Foden 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.”

The winners for each award are voted for by the PFA members, that is, the players who feature in England’s Premier League.