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Belgium coach Martinez: Forget Liverpool; De Bruyne must be Player of Year

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez is backing Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne to win the Premier League Player of the Year award - despite Liverpool's dominance.

The Reds' captain Jordan Henderson, forward Sadio Mane and defender Virgil van Dijk have all been tipped to win the coveted PFA award at the end of the campaign, which is voted for by their fellow professionals.

But Martinez told the Mirror, "Obviously I watch all of Kevin's games. The other day I was watching the Man City game against Liverpool and for me it was very clear.

"Liverpool have been the best team this season and the worthy winners and champions, and then you could say easily Kevin has been the best player in the league.

"The way he effects the game, the way he can become that player who executes the pass that no other can do.

"A player that can play in different positions, that he can adjust to different needs, and for me it was very, very clear in that game that we saw the worthy champions, and on the other side we saw the best individual player in the league."


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