Ruben Dias helped Manchester Metropolis win the Premier League title in his first season on the membership.© AFP
Manchester Metropolis defender Ruben Dias has been voted the Soccer Writers’ Affiliation’s footballer of the 12 months, it was introduced on Thursday. The Portugal worldwide was a snug winner forward of Tottenham ahead Harry Kane and Metropolis teammate Kevin De Bruyne. Dias, 24, has loved an excellent first marketing campaign on the Etihad Stadium since signing for round 65 million kilos ($92 million) from Benfica in September. He has helped Pep Guardiola’s Metropolis win the League Cup as soon as extra, regain their Premier League title and in addition attain the Champions League last, the place they’ll face Chelsea in Porto on Could 29.
“It’s a enormous privilege. Clearly I couldn’t have achieved it with out the success of the crew,” Dias stated in an interview with the FWA.
“I feel me receiving this prize is the main instance of how our crew works, the way in which we construct our sport.
“It displays all of the togetherness we have now on the pitch, how we carry out and the spirit that’s within the crew and with these gamers.”
Total, 9 Metropolis gamers acquired votes. They collected greater than 50 % of the full votes forged.
Dias is barely the third participant to win the FWA award in his first season in English soccer.
The final defender to gather the trophy was Liverpool’s Steve Nicol, 32 years in the past.
FWA chairwoman Carrie Brown stated: “Pep Guardiola improves gamers, shapes them — however at no level has a brand new signing arrived into considered one of Pep’s already trophy-laden groups and exerted such affect.
“Ruben Dias is our Soccer Writers’ Affiliation’s Footballer of the Yr for his management on and off the pitch as a lot as for the infectious pleasure he derives from executing the artwork of defending to perfection.”
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