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France Midfielder wins PFA Player of the year Award

France international N’Golo Kante has won the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award for 2016-17.

Kante 26, who plays professional football for Chelsea FC in England beat Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez in the vote by his fellow players.

The midfielder has played every minute in the league this season apart from the Boxing Day game against Bournemouth, when he was suspended, and the final 11 minutes against Tottenham on 4 January.

Kante was key to Leicester’s surprise Premier League win last year and is on course to win the Premier League with Chelsea to become the first player to achieve the distinction of winning successive titles with different clubs, if Chelsea can stay ahead of Spurs in this season’s race.

Meanwhile Tottenham’s Dele Alli won the young player prize for the second successive year and Manchester City’s Lucy Bronze won the Women’s Player of the Year award.

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