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Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne crowned player of the season by fans with a huge 45 per cent of vote

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MANCHESTER CITY star Kevin De Bruyne has been named Match Of The Day’s Player of the Season.

A whopping 45 per cent of football fans voting on the iconic highlights show’s social media channels picked the classy midfielder.

Kevin De Bruyne had another stunning season in which he equalled Thierry Henry's 17-year assist record

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Kevin De Bruyne had another stunning season in which he equalled Thierry Henry’s 17-year assist recordCredit: Getty Images – Getty

He beat Liverpool trio Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk to the award.

The other gongs saw Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp unsurprisingly named Manager of the Season.

Southampton striker Danny Ings was named Surprise Player of the Season with 52 per cent of the votes with Wolves winger Adam Traore in second with 19 per cent.

Young Player of the Season was Liverpool’s creative full back Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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Here are this season’s star men…

Manager of the Season – Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)

Player of the Season – Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)

Surprise Player of the Season – Danny Ings (Southampton)

Young Player of the Season – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

City’s 5-0 thrashing of Norwich on the final day of the Premier League season saw De Bruyne tee up Raheem Sterling to net.

This meant De Bruyne equalled Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists for the season.

That had stood for 17 years.

But after receiving that trophy after the game, De Bruyne claimed he should have beaten it.

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The Belgian says he actually laid on 22 assists, with two of his passes going unrewarded.

De Bruyne was deprived of an assist in the win over Arsenal in December, after his cross to Sterling took a slight deflection.

Again against the Gunners, just last month, the City star’s ball into Sterling took a knock off David Luiz’s thigh, ensuring he wouldn’t be credited with the assist.

After being asked if he was pleased with equalling the Premier League record, De Bruyne roared: “I have got two more.

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“You guys took two away from me that I am still claiming so for me I was already above [Henry].

“It is what it is. I need my team-mates, obviously I am creating for them to score, and I am grateful when they do.

“It is nice to have [the record] and it is nice to have it with Thierry.”

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Premier League clubs ‘expected’ to help bail out smaller clubs as fans banned from stadiums until next year

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MINISTERS “expect” Premier League clubs to help smaller clubs after fans were banned from stadiums until next year.

Boris Johnson has scuppered plans to get supporters back on the terraces next month.

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Now the Government has asked the wealthier outfits to step in while it negotiates a wider bailout to the sports industry.

Clubs in the lower ­leagues face a turbulent financial future as, unlike Premier League giants, they rely on ticket sales.

Under the PM’s new Covid plans, pilots allowing 1,000 fans into EFL matches are ditched.

Sports bodies want the Government to support the industry as it did with the arts, which was given access to a £1.57billion package.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is said to be ­trying to “identify ways we can support sport”.

Today the Premier League said they were “disappointed” fans would not be allowed in next month and said stadiums were safer than many other public spaces.

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Boris Johnson has scuppered plans to get supporters back on the terraces next monthCredit: Sky News
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is said to be ­trying to 'identify ways we can support sport'

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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is said to be ­trying to ‘identify ways we can support sport’Credit: Getty Images – Getty

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RICH Premier League clubs should bail out lower league outfits facing Covid oblivion.

They are not just the lifeblood of their communities. They and their players are, in part, the lifeblood of the Prem too.

Some have rich owners, who must dig deep now that they are facing a season without fans. But many teams don’t. 

It would be a calamity to let them fail through no fault of their own.

A few, admittedly, are badly run — and the Prem would need strict guarantees on how a £200million donation would be spent by the 72 EFL clubs. 

Some people will say the Government should step in. But it cannot bail out every industry. That way lies ruin. In football’s case there’s another solution.

It’s right for wealthy Prem giants to fund a rescue. It’s in the national interest and their own too.

In a statement they said: “Football is not the same without attending fans and the football economy is unsustainable without them.

“Last season, Premier League clubs suffered £700m in losses and at present, our national game is losing more than £100m per month.

“This is starting to have a devastating impact on clubs and their communities.”

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Micah Richards nearly MISSED Monday Night Football after getting locked in his dressing room!

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Micah Richards has admitted that he almost missed the start of Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football coverage after he found himself trapped inside his own dressing room for an hour and a half.

Behind the scenes footage hilariously showed an exasperated and very relieved Richards race into the studio as co-hosts David Jones and Jamie Carragher laughed at the former defender, just minutes before the trio were set to go live on Sky Sports.

Richards has revealed that it was the on-set staff who helped him reach his chair just in the nick of time, allowing him to analyse Manchester City‘s clash with Wolves at the Etihad in its entirety.

Micah Richards (R) has revealed how he nearly missed presenting Sky's Monday Night Football

Micah Richards (R) has revealed how he nearly missed presenting Sky's Monday Night Football

Micah Richards (R) has revealed how he nearly missed presenting Sky’s Monday Night Football

A day after his close shave, Richards tweeted: ‘Loved being on Sky Sports last night, but managed to get myself locked in the changing room for 90 mins before the show! 

‘Thanks to the staff for getting me out with 2 mins to spare – you’d never have known! @Carra23 & @DavidJonesSky were bricking doing the show without me.’

After managing to compose himself for the show, Sportsmail’s newest columnist went on to deliver an impassioned defence of his career and fellow pundit Alex Scott, following criticisms on social media.

Richards makes a mad dash for the studio set after being locked in his dressing room

Richards makes a mad dash for the studio set after being locked in his dressing room

Richards makes a mad dash for the studio set after being locked in his dressing room

The footballer-turned-pundit reveals that he was locked in his changing room for 90 minutes

The footballer-turned-pundit reveals that he was locked in his changing room for 90 minutes

The footballer-turned-pundit reveals that he was locked in his changing room for 90 minutes

Sportsmail's newest columnist made it to the set just minutes before the live broadcast

Sportsmail's newest columnist made it to the set just minutes before the live broadcast

Sportsmail’s newest columnist made it to the set just minutes before the live broadcast

In the last year, Richards has developed into one of Sky‘s most used and highly-respected analysts and has made a career for himself in journalism after retiring from professional football at the highest level. 

While his comments on both football and the Black Lives Matter movement have been heavily praised, Richards said on Monday night that he believes he is unfairly targeted online, as is Scott.

He went on to dismiss claims he was only hired because of the BLM movement and said he was hired on the merit of his hard work up until that point. 

Richards went on to deliver an impassioned defence of his career and fellow pundit Alex Scott

Richards went on to deliver an impassioned defence of his career and fellow pundit Alex Scott

Richards went on to deliver an impassioned defence of his career and fellow pundit Alex Scott

Richards also leapt to the defence of former England international Scott, who has herself been a victim of social media abuse in recent months after rising to prominence as a pundit.

Scott, the ex-Arsenal footballer and TV presenter aged 35, has been at the centre of much discussion – and relentless online trolling – amid rumours she’s set to become the new host of BBC’s A Question Of Sport, replacing Sue Barker, who was axed after 24 years.

But Richards described Scott as ‘absolutely incredible’ and ‘one of the best’ pundits he’s worked with.

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Frank Lampard challenges Callum Hudson-Odoi to ‘flourish again’ with starting berth against Barnsley

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Callum Hudson-Odoi will start Chelsea‘s Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley with Frank Lampard‘s challenge to ‘flourish again’ ringing in his ears.

Blues boss Lampard has confirmed that England wing Hudson-Odoi will make just his second start since February 1 in Wednesday night’s League Cup clash at Stamford Bridge.

The 19-year-old has shot to prominence with both Chelsea and England since making his Blues debut in 2017, but a torn Achilles in March 2019 dented his progress. 

Callum Hudson-Odoi will start Chelsea 's Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley

Callum Hudson-Odoi will start Chelsea 's Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley

Callum Hudson-Odoi will start Chelsea ‘s Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley

Frank Lampard has challenged the English winger to 'flourish again' for Chelsea

Frank Lampard has challenged the English winger to 'flourish again' for Chelsea

Frank Lampard has challenged the English winger to ‘flourish again’ for Chelsea 

Hudson-Odoi has long since shaken off that issue but continues to battle for regular football, with manager Lampard now accepting it ‘remains to be seen’ whether he could be loaned out before the October transfer window.

‘We know in a Premier League squad and the number of games we’re going to play, we need competition in those areas, back-ups in those areas and players competing to make that position their own,’ said Lampard.

‘That’s where Callum is at and that’s why I keep saying he needs to train, he needs to show in training every day and when he gets his opportunity in games, which he will have tomorrow because he will play against Barnsley.

‘At the moment we have Christian Pulisic injured, Hakim Ziyech injured. We played Timo Werner out wide against Liverpool. 

Lampard accepts that it 'remains to be seen' whether Hudson-Odoi could be loaned out

Lampard accepts that it 'remains to be seen' whether Hudson-Odoi could be loaned out

Lampard accepts that it ‘remains to be seen’ whether Hudson-Odoi could be loaned out

‘But the absolute natural winger who is fit at the minute is Callum. He has to show in every minute, on and off the ball, what he can do for the team and that’s the position Callum is in at the minute.

‘He’s had an early breakthrough in his career because of his talent, he’s had an injury and now I want to see him flourish again.’

Chelsea paid for Barnsley’s Covid-19 tests ahead Wednesday’s clash in west London, with Blues bosses not anticipating any issues with the fixture.

Bayern Munich have failed in the past with a concerted effort to prise Hudson-Odoi away from Chelsea, and the Bavarians are rumoured to retain their interest in one of England’s top young talents.

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