Kevin De Bruyne can do no wrong in the eyes of Manchester City fans at the moment, and it is easy to see why.
The Belgium international, who failed to make the grade at Chelsea, was a key figure in City storming to the Premier League title.
The playmaker, who is valued at a whopping £135m by Transfermarkt, scored 12 goals and created 20 assists in all competitions for the North-West outfit.
Many were surprised that De Bruyne missed out on PFA Player of the Year, but Mohamed Salah’s 44-goal haul led the Liverpool star to the individual honour.
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The Belgian would have felt disappointment in not taking home the gong, but he claimed at even bigger prize at the end of the season by earning the Premier League title.
The celebrations have been tainted somewhat, though, following Yaya Toure’s criticism of manager Pep Guardiola.
The Ivorian midfielder recently left City after an eight-years spell, and he took a parting shot at the boss during an explosive interview with France Football.
The former Barcelona star suggested that Guardiola dislikes African players and accused the ex-Bayern Munich boss of being “jealous” of him.
KDB on Yaya's claims: “I never saw something, it would be weird if the trainer was racist – with all the black guys in our team. So, I don’t know what Yaya said or if it’s wrongly written or exaggerated. When you don’t play there’s always something you try to find." [@billrice23] pic.twitter.com/bsJYb5sz83
— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 5, 2018
City fans have been full of praise for De Bruyne’s reaction.
Our future captain has spoken??? pic.twitter.com/nTsv4gQW9N
— 11?? (@Riyadista11) June 5, 2018
Thank you @DeBruyneKev ??
Yaya needs to calm his aged balls.
— Mad Leroy (@rudeSane) June 5, 2018
Legend ?. Future Captain. ? @DeBruyneKev ?
— GeniusKDB? (@GeniusKDB) June 5, 2018
Salute to KDB for voicing out against such false claims and propaganda from an old man who walk around the pitch while his teammates runs. All our players should voice out!
— Worchi (@worchi_) June 5, 2018
— jordan (@jordanmarcr) June 5, 2018
exactly why you will be a City Legend!!!
— Iain Warde (@wardeysco) June 5, 2018
Absolutely hit the nail on the head from our future captain?
— ? (@Mahrez_SZN) June 5, 2018
True Legend spoke pic.twitter.com/ZJPT5dRGkU
— Luke St Leger (@luke_mancity) June 5, 2018
Statue right now #kdb
— Jack (@Jackleees) June 5, 2018