Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk poses with his PFA Player of the Year award during the 2019 PFA Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 28, 2019. See PA story SOCCER PFA. Photo credit should read: Barrington Coombs/PA Wire

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has earned the Professional Footballers’ Association men’s Players’ Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season.

City teammate Phil Foden won the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Both players were influential as City won a third Premier League title in four years and the Carabao Cup.

De Bruyne, 29, is the second player to keep the men’s award after Cristiano Ronaldo did so at Manchester United.

“You want to win all the trophies as a team and this is probably the most relevant one as an individual,” said De Bruyne.

“To be selected by your competitors, by players who you compete with every game – to select 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 six Premier League goals and registered 12 assists in 2,001 minutes of top-flight football.

He played a key role in City’s double success before fracturing his nose and left eye socket during the Champions League final defeat by Chelsea on 29 May.

He has since had minor surgery on his facial injury and will join the Belgium Euro 2020 squad on Monday.

Foden, 21, has made 50 appearances for Manchester City in all competitions during the season just completed, scoring 16 goals.

The Stockport-born midfielder also made his senior England debut in September and has been included in manager Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020.

He expressed: “There have been some talented 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 glad and it’s a special moment.”

PFA members selected the winners for each award.

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