City chairman delighted with reward for De Bruyne’s standout season
Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has expressed his delight after midfielder Kevin de Bruyne was named the Premier League Player of the Year. The Cityzens had an average season in the Premier League as they finished 18 points behind runaway champions Liverpool, but De Bruyne had an individual campaign to remember.
The Belgium international made 33 goalscoring contributions in the league and he was handed the Playmaker award for the most assists (20) during the season. On top of this, he was recently voted as the Premier League Player of the Year and Al Mubarak is pleased that De Bruyne was rewarded for his efforts, he told:
“I was very pleased. Very pleased because it is so well deserved. It was a combination of being pleased, but also a bit relieved.
I was worried because we have seen it before with City players, them being overlooked for this very important award and I was worried that Kevin would be overlooked this year, because in my view it was unquestionable. He’s earned it, he’s shown it and I’m glad he got this appreciation and respect from the football world.”
The Cityzens had won the League Cup back in February, but they had the opportunity to end the season by adding more silverware. However, that was not the case as they were eliminated by Arsenal in the last four of the FA Cup while they suffered a shock 3-1 defeat to Lyon in the Champions League quarter-final.
Hence, they ended the season with only the League Cup in their name and they will be hoping to make amends next term. The club have already strengthened the squad with the purchases of Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres and they could make further additions to the side as they look to provide a strong challenge to Liverpool for the Premier League title.