Manchester City's Vincent Kompany on Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah's 'important' awards for Africa
Posted: 4 May 2018 Time: 18:00
African-born Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany claims the accolades Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah is receiving over his 'master of football' teammate Kevin De Bruyne is 'important for Africa'.
Kompany has enjoyed the emphatic rise of playmaker Kevin De Bruyne for club and country over the past two seasons' and has witnessed one of the most influential midfield displays in the modern Premier League era during their title-winning 2017/18 campaign.
With eight goals and 15 assists and the most chances created in the Premier League, the Belgian ace was a favourite to walk away with the PFA Player of the Year award and the Footballers Writers Player of the Year - but Salah pipped him to both honours due to his 43 goals across all competitions.
"I'm going to be biased. I'm going to say yes, of course," Kompany told CNN Sport when asked if De Bruyne should have won the Player of the Season award. "But how can you take away from Salah what he's achieved? He's an African player, which I'm happy about as well.
"It's important for a lot of [reasons]. It's going to have a big impact in his country and for the continent as well. But Kevin is a master brain of football.
"The way he sees and understands the game is beyond what you can see in terms of ability from any player and that's why it's difficult to categorize Kevin's performance.
"If you take the full package, the passes, the amount of actions he's made that were so clever and different from what anyone else would've done you would put him on another level."