Raheem Sterling announced that he voted for Harry Kane instead of favourite Virgil van Dijk for the PFA Player of the Year award.
The Manchester City winger’s superb form this season has seen him being nominated for both the PFA Player of the Year and the young player prizes.
Sterling has managed 17 goals and 11 assists in 30 Premier League games for City this season to help Pep Guardiola’s side chase a second consecutive crown.
In light of his stunning performances at the Etihad Stadium, Sterling has touted as a worthy winner for the PFA award. In fact, even Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk agreed with this assessment by voting for the England international.
However, it turns out Sterling hasn’t returned the compliment. Instead, Tottenham striker Kane gets his vote despite not being named in the six-man shortlist last week.
“It’s nice to be recognised on that front but, to be honest, if we don’t win the Premier League, I don’t really want to be in contention,” said Sterling, according to MSN.
“What I want to do is win the Premier League, win the FA Cup, then think about stuff like that, even though the awards are before that. Without that, it doesn’t mean much to me, really.
“I voted for Harry Kane. My vote for him is because he scores so many goals every year, he does so much for the team, gives so much for his team.
“There was a lot of talk about Virgil van Dijk. I knew he would have a lot of the votes, so I looked at someone I thought being around him in the national team, how he puts in his work, his work ethic, how he looks after himself.
“He’s always there, especially coming back from injury, as a professional I looked at him and that’s my reason for voting for him, seeing him on a day-to-day with the national team.”
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