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De Bruyne deserved PFA award – Neville

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Gary Neville believes that Kevin De Bruyne deserved the PFA Player of the Year award more than Mohamed Salah

The Liverpool star beat De Bruyne to the award last Sunday after a sensational debut campaign for his new club.

While it was Salah who the prestigious individual award, many people had believed that De Bruyne would have been voted the winner by his fellow peers for his standout performances in Manchester City’s dominant season in the Premier League.

Neville confirmed to Sky Sports that he would have voted in the Belgium midfielder’s favour.

“If I was still a voting member I would have personally given the PFA Player of Year to Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne. That’s not because I believe it has to go to the league winners or that Mo Salah doesn’t deserve it,” said the former Manchester United captain, according to Sports Mole.

“Salah has impressed more people in the game, that’s a matter of fact. In a democracy, the players who have played against him have voted for him. I can’t disagree with giving it to Salah, who has achieved above and beyond what we expected from him this season.

“However, I would have edged to De Bruyne because his performances have been like artwork and, in terms of his assists and controlling football matches, he has just been magical to watch. We heap praise on certain players and I have not got one negative word to say about him.

“The work he does off the ball is unbelievable, although I certainly wouldn’t have enjoyed playing against Salah.”

Salah is now just four goals shy of breaking Ian Rush’s goalscoring record for Liverpool of 47 goals in a single season.