KDB on Player of the Year chances

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."