Manchester City defender Ruben Dias has been voted the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year.
The 24-year-old was a comfortable winner ahead of Tottenham forward Harry Kane and his city team-mate Kevin De Bruyne.
Dias has enjoyed an impressive season in his debut season at the Etihad Stadium having joined City from Benfica last September for a fee of around £64.3m.
The Portugal international is a key member of Pep Guardiola squad and has helped his team win the Carabao Cup, regain their Premier League title and also reach the Champions League final, for the first time.
He becomes the first defender to win the award since Liverpool’s Steve Nicol in 1989.
Overall, nine City players received votes which accounted for over 50% of total vote cast.
Speaking after receiving the award, Dias paid tribute to all his colleagues at the club.
“It is a huge privilege. Obviously, I could not have done it without the success of the team,” Dias said in an interview with the FWA.
“I think me receiving this prize is the major example of how our team works, the way we build our game.
“It reflects all the togetherness we have on the pitch, how we perform, and the spirit that is in the team and with these players.
“Thank you to all my colleagues, the (Man City) staff, the physios, the kit men, the guys in the kitchen, that all bring a smile every day to the training ground to make us feel good, to make us feel ready, to make us feel the best way they can.”
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