“You want to win all the trophies with the team, and this is probably the most important one as an individual trophy in the league.
“To be voted by your competitors, by players you compete with every game, to choose you, that says a lot.
“They’re the people in my view who know most about the game. When you have these things, you can show your kids and say ‘Look, this is what daddy did when he was younger.’”
De Bruyne’s win completed a clean sweep of the PFA awards for City, with his team-mate Phil Foden named Young Player of the Year.