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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been voted the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season.
The Frenchman, who is on course to win a second successive Premier League title after also being part of the Leicester side which upset the odds last season, secured the most votes from his fellow players.
He saw off competition from Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard – who won the award in 2015 – plus Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
Kante was presented with the award at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday evening.
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli won the Young Player prize for the second successive season, Manchester City’s Lucy Bronze won the women’s Player of the Year award for the second time having also won it in 2014, and Birmingham’s Jess Carter topped the voting in the women’s Young Player category.
Former England captain David Beckham received the PFA’s Merit award for his contribution to the game.
Kante has played a key role in Chelsea’s surge to the top of the league this season and is renowned as a tireless box-to-box competitor who helps break up opposition attacks and initiate them for his own side.
He is set to become the first player to achieve the distinction of winning successive Premier League titles with different clubs if Chelsea can hold off Tottenham in this season’s championship race.
Kante said: “To be chosen by the players to be player of the year means a lot to me.
“It means the world to be chosen and it’s been two beautiful seasons, one with Leicester, and we are in good form with Chelsea. To be player of the year, it’s a great honour.”
On his move from Leicester to Stamford Bridge, Kante continued: “It’s a different type of playing, but with the manager, with the players, everything is easy, because we work a lot to be good in the games. It’s working very well.”
Asked about the influence of boss Antonio Conte, the former Boulogne and Caen player said: “He knows what he wants from the players.
“He wants to win, and we work very, very, very hard in training for him. He put a winning mentality into the squad, and everyone wants to give their best for the team, and to make Chelsea win titles.”
The Blues are four points clear at the top of the Premier League and Paris-born Kante added: “We have to fight for six more games.
“We’re going to fight like a final for every game, and hopefully we can win the league at the end of the season.”
Chelsea will also face Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 27 and, on talk of a double, he said: “We’re going to fight for both competitions.
“The cup is just one game, and the league six games, and we’re going to give our best to win these two competitions.”
Alli’s young player prize is some consolation for his controversial omission from the six-man shortlist for the senior award.
The England midfielder, 21, has again been critical to Spurs’ title push and heading into the weekend was the highest-scoring player in the league not recognised as a forward, with 16 goals.
England full-back Bronze won the women’s player of the year award for the second time, after being part of the Manchester City squad which won the Women’s Super League without losing a single game in 2016.
Birmingham midfielder Carter saw off competition from three Manchester City players to win the women’s young player of the year award.
Beckham, who won 115 England caps and starred at club level for Manchester United, followed former Red Devils team-mate Ryan Giggs in winning the Merit prize. He also received the prize alongside his ‘Class of 92’ United team-mates in 2013.
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BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on Jermaine Jenas and Trevor Nelson in this week's Premier League predictions.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 22 Apr 19:22
Former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu is honoured before Tottenham's FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea at Wembley and at football matches around the country.West Brom – teamtalk.com 22 Apr 11:18
Dean Edwards from the band Is Bliss takes our prediction challenge, with wins predicted for Liverpool and Man Utd – but no agreement on the two FA Cup semi-finals.
Just like last season, our writers will take on a different band or artist by making their Premier League predictions each week, while you can join in the fun using the story comment facility (below) or Your Say forum.
The title race is hotting up, and as always it’s worth reading our latest Premier League betting preview for Betsafe over at their site.
Bournemouth v Middlesbrough
Hull City v Watford
Swansea City v Stoke City
West Ham v Everton
Burnley v Man Utd (Sunday, 2.15pm)
Liverpool v Crystal Palace (Sunday, 4.30pm)
Chelsea v Tottenham (FA Cup semi-final, Saturday 5.15pm)
Arsenal v Manchester City (FA Cup semi-final, Sunday 3pm)
The music of Is Bliss and Dean’s love of football
TEAMtalk: How did you come to support your club and what are your favourite memories from your time as a fan?
Dean: I’m a Newcastle United fan. Growing up I always idolised Alan Shearer for England so as soon as I was old enough to understand he played for Newcastle I have always supported the club.
My favourite memories have to be the Bobby Robson days when we were competing in the Champions League and beating the likes of Inter Milan.
TEAMtalk: Who have been your biggest heroes during your time supporting the club?
Alan Shearer of course was always my hero and an absolute legend at Newcastle United.
Dean: I always loved Laurent Robert in his time at Newcastle too, I’ve never seen anybody hit a ball as hard as he could from 40 yards into the top bins!
TEAMtalk: What do you make of the current team? What are your hopes for the (rest of the) season?
Dean: I think there’s a lot of room for improvement in the current squad, we certainly need to improve the defence and find a consistent proven goalscorer for our return to the Premier League. Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie have been great plays for us this year but I’m hoping they can do it in the top flight this time round.
I’m confident we will hold on and gain promotion to the Premier League which I guess was the main target this season.
TEAMtalk: Everyone has a soft spot for another team. Who’s yours and why?
Dean: Mine would be Portsmouth of course. That’s my hometown and I’m really excited that they have gained promotion this year and with the potential takeover on the cards it would be great to see Pompey get back up to the leagues again.
TEAMtalk: What’s going on with the band/for you as an artist at the moment?
Dean: We are due to release our new ep “THE HONEYCOMB EXPLOSION” on May 19th which will be followed by a UK tour to promote it.
We head out to Europe later in the year to play a string of European festivals and club dates which we are really excited about!
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Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona is close to being decided, while Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian is reportedly looking to leave the club this summer, according to the European media.
MAN UTD STAR EYES EXIT TO BOOST WORLD CUP HOPES
Matteo Darmian is reportedly considering leaving Manchester United to strengthen his claim for a place in Italy’s 2018 World Cup squad.
The 26-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot under Jose Mourinho and is concerned that may affect his hopes of heading to Russia next summer.
Mourinho is expected to have a real shake up of his United squad over the summer and Darmian could be one of the first names to be shown the door.
Inter Milan have been linked with the full-back and according to Tuttosport a €10m (£8.4m) bid could seal the defender’s return to Serie A.
MAN CITY TARGET JUVENTUS DEFENSIVE DUO
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reportedly wants to sign Juventus duo Leonardo Bonucci and Alex Sandro to solve his defensive issues at The Etihad.
City’s link to Bonucci is nothing new, with the Italy defender expected to be courted by a number of Europe’s top sides this summer, but Sandro would certainly give them an upgrade over Gael Clichy at left-back.
The 26-year-old Brazil international has pace to burn and has more quality going forward than Clichy, while Bonucci is seen as the ideal long-term partner for John Stones at the heart of City’s defence.
AND THE REST
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is close to agreeing a new deal with the Spanish giants (Marca)
Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan could leave Roma in summer (tuttomercato.com)
AC Milan star winger Suso wants to re-negotiate his new contract after the club was recently taken by new owners (Calciomercato)
AC Milan boss Vincenzo Montella want to strengthen the Rossoneri squad next summer with the signing of Manchester United targets Keita Balde and Stefan De Vrij from Lazio (Il Corriere dello Sport)
PSG star Angel Di Maria has been shortlisted as a potential attacking reinforcement for Juventus (Tuttosport)
Unai Emery could be the next manager of AS Roma with the Spaniard who is set to leave PSG (Il Corriere dello Sport)
Real Madrid are keen on 22-goal Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe but their attempts to sign him could be thwarted by Paris Saint-Germain (AS)
Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann has revealed that star striker Sandro Wagner could follow in Seb Rudy and Niklas Sule’s footsteps and switch allegiances to fellow Bundesliga side Bayern Munich this summer (SportBild)
Roma will not exercise their purchase option to sign on-loan Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen (various)
Tony Adams has confirmed that Nigel Reo-Coker and Kieran Richardson will not be joining Granada FC this season (Sky Sports)
Outgoing Sevilla director of sport Monchi says he is destined for Roma “unless there is a twist” (AS)
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Former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu dies aged 44 after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham's training centre on Thursday.Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about West Bromwich Albion | BBC 21 Apr 14:21
Ugo Ehiogu, who has died at the age of 44, enjoyed a fine career and seemed destined for more success as a coach, writes Phil McNulty.West Brom – teamtalk.com 21 Apr 13:15
Arsenal have offered a four-year deal to a left-back and Michael Keane’s destination has been revealed, all in the papers.
WENGER OFFERS DEAL TO KOLASINAC
Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal will secure the signing of Sead Kolasinac, according to a report.
The Schalke left-back is out of contract at the end of the season and will move on after failing to agree an extension to his deal.
The Daily Mirror claims Wenger has beaten off competition from Liverpool, Tottenham, AC Milan and Everton to sign the 23-year-old Bosnia and Herzegovina international and the club have offered Kolasinac a four-year contract.
Kolasinac is also able to play at left wing-back and after Wenger switched to a back three against Middlesbrough, Kolasinac’s flexibility will be key next season.
EVERTON HEAD QUEUE FOR KEANE
Everton believe they are at the front of the queue to sign Burnley centre-back Michael Keane, according to a report.
Sky Sports reported yesterday that Keane had told Burnley that he was leaving at the end of the season after the player turned down a move to Leicester in the summer.
The 24-year-old has one year remaining on his contract and the Clarets were keen to make sure the England man did not leave for free on the expiration of his contract.
And now the Daily Mail reports that Everton are leading the chase for Keane and “positive dialogue” has taken place.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman has previously spoken about his admiration for Keane, but he refused to answer questions on him on Thursday, prompting suggestions a £20million deal is close.
Man Utd, Chelsea, Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool are all reported to be interested in the player.
Keane’s former club Manchester United are due 25 per cent of any transfer fee.
AND THE REST
Chelsea are losing patience with Diego Costa, 28, and could sell the Spain striker in the summer as he wants a significant increase on his £150,000-a-week salary. (London Evening Standard)
Manchester United should ask Real Madrid for forward Gareth Bale, 27, if the La Liga leaders try and sign Red Devils keeper David de Gea, 26, says former United assistant boss Rene Meulensteen. (TalkSPORT)
Watford manager Walter Mazzarri tells West Brom he is not interested in selling Troy Deeney who has been linked with a £20m move to the midlands. (Daily Mirror)
Pep Guardiola is unhappy with the atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium and has told the club’s owners ‘improving it is a priority’. (Daily Mail)
Manchester City may have to pay a world-record fee for a defender if they are to succeed in their efforts to sign Juventus and Italy centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, 29.(Daily Telegraph)
Manchester City’s 19-year-old Turkish striker Enes Unal is wanted by Italian club Lazio after scoring 17 goals on loan at FC Twente.(Sun)
Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson, 25, is wanted by newly promoted Brighton – as well as Newcastle United – in the summer. (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea’s preparations for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham have been severely disrupted by defender Gary Cahill, 31, spending two nights in hospital with a mystery illness.(Daily Telegraph)
Cahill’s absence could pave the way for club captain John Terry, 36, to make a rare start at Wembley just days after it was announced he was leaving Chelsea.(Sun)
Reading must keep hold of boss Jaap Stam, says defender Chris Gunter. Former Manchester United defender Stam, 44, has yet to be offered an extension to his contract despite masterminding a promotion push.(Reading Chronicle)
Ipswich Town will lose a “few players” in the summer and rebuild, says boss Mick McCarthy. The Tractor Boys have failed to mount a play-off challenge in the Championship this season.(East Anglian Daily Times)
Coventry City fans want chairman Tim Fisher to resign following the club’s relegation to League Two.(Coventry Telegraph)
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A focus on the PFA Teams of the year over the last decade.
Title rivals Chelsea and Tottenham have four players each in this season’s PFA Premier League Team of the Year, a tally matched by promoted Brighton in the Championship.
Here, PA Sport cast a statistical eye over the last 10 years of the PFA teams.
2016/17 team: David de Gea, Kyle Walker, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Danny Rose, Dele Alli, Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Sadio Mane, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku.
- Manchester United lead all clubs with 25 PREMIER LEAGUE selections over the past 10 years, including goalkeeper David de Gea this season.
- Four selections apiece take Chelsea to 19 and see Tottenham, now with 15, leapfrog Arsenal (12) for third place.
- Sadio Mane’s selection makes Liverpool the fifth team to reach double figures for the Premier League over the last 10 years.
- In all, 14 clubs have been represented in the last 10 Premier League teams of the year.
2016/17 team: David Stockdale, Bruno Saltor, Lewis Dunk, Jamaal Lascelles, Ryan Sessegnon, Tom Cairney, Anthony Knockaert, Aaron Mooy, Jonjo Shelvey, Dwight Gayle, Chris Wood.
- Burnley lead the way with nine selections over the decade.
- Promoted Brighton and second-placed Newcastle have four and three selections respectively this season, taking both into the Championship’s top five for the 10-year period – Newcastle have seven in all, the same as Leicester and Cardiff, while Brighton have six.
2016/17 team: Simon Moore, Kieron Freeman, Mark Beevers, David Wheater, James Meredith, Mark Duffy, John Fleck, Josh Morris, Erhun Oztumer, Billy Sharp, James Vaughan.
- Sheffield United doubled their League One haul to 10 this season, the only double-figure tally in any individual division outside the Premier League.
- Southampton are next in that chart on eight, and their players have also made three appearances in each of the Premier League and Championship. England midfielder Adam Lallana, now with Liverpool, was voted in for all three divisions during his time with the Saints.
2016/17 team: Luke McCormick, Kelvin Mellor, Sonny Bradley, Christian Burgess, Enda Stevens, Nicky Adams, Luke Berry, James Coppinger, Graham Carey, Danny Hylton, John Marquis.
- Chesterfield top the League Two charts with eight appearances. They will have an unwanted chance to add to that total next season after being relegated from League One.
- League Two sees the most different clubs represented, 38 against 36 in League One and 33 in the Championship.
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Tony Pulis laments West Brom's inability to finish against Liverpool, stressing the need to capitalise against big clubs.ESPN FC - West Bromwich Albion News 16 Apr 16:44
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