City's Sane named PFA Young Player of the Year

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Mohamed Salah claims he always wanted to return to England and show the Premier League what he is capable of after winning the PFA Player of the Year award.

Hemp, the victor of 2017's England's Young Player of the Year award earned another honour after the PFA heralded the 17-year-old's achievements.

The Egyptian forward beat off competition from Tottenham's Harry Kane, Manchester United's David de Gea and Manchester City duo Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva to scoop the prestigious award in a vote by his fellow players.

The speedy winger has 41 goals to his name in all competitions, just six short of the record tally of Liverpool icon Ian Rush, which he set in the 1983-84 season. He also led the Reds to third place in the Premier League.

Salah's award is a fitting way to acknowledge his thrilling return to the Premier League after a hard spell with Chelsea.

"I'd like to thank the manager, the backroom staff, and players here at City, and especially our fans who have supported me ever since I arrived in Manchester. I am happy and proud", Salah said.

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There could be more of those honours to follow, while the 25-year-old can be expected to clean up at Liverpool's end of season awards.

The wide attacker now has three games and four goals left to try and secure the all-time Premier League goals in a single season record.

This is the first time a City player has won the award for 42 years - Peter Barnes landed it in 1975/76 - and Sane is the first German to hold the honour.

Bristol City's Lauren Hemp was named Women's Young Player of the Year.

Take a look through the gallery to reveal the full PFA Player of the Year shortlist.

The Egypt global has enjoyed a remarkable debut season with Liverpool after being signed in a £35million deal from Roma, scoring a stunning 31 Premier League goals.

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