Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne on Mohamed Salah battle for Player of the Year award
Posted: 3 April 2018 Time: 12:55
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has opened up about his Premier League Player of the Year award chances and discussed the incredible form of Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah this season.
De Bruyne has enjoyed a scintillating season with incumbent league champions in his new deep-lying playmaker role, with seven goals and 14 assists in 30 appearances thus far.
His dominating performances under manager Pep Guardiola has seen the 26-year-old being tipped as the leading candidate for the award but Salah's 29 goals and 10 assists in 31 games, in his debut season for the Reds is seen as a strong contender to the Belgian.
However, the former Chelsea man feels he deserves the award over the European Golden Shoe leader - due to his sheer consistency and the way he's dictated the tempo of games for the Citizens towards their record-breaking title run.
"If I get it, it would be nice I think for the team and for me. In one way I believe I deserve it because I have been very consistent in my form," he told Sky Sports.
"I think there is almost no game where my standard has dropped, so I have been very constant, and I am very happy with myself. To maintain the level the amount of games I have played, the amount of minutes, I am very pleased with that."
In reference to his main rival for the prestigious prize; "You cannot compare - it is impossible. So how do the players choose?
"Everybody has his own opinion. It depends on what people are looking for in a player. Salah has a remarkable goalscoring run, and he plays very well like an inside forward type of role, for me. This season he has been incredible.
"To compare us, I don't know. With the statistics how are we going to compare ourselves? It's totally different, I played (against Everton) like a defensive midfielder, how you can compare me to an inside forward? I have no idea.
"He has been outstanding, his record speaks for itself. It's just the way it goes. Luckily I don't have to do that."