Pep Guardiola shrugs off Kevin De Bruyne award snub as Manchester City boss congratulates Mohamed Salah

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Pep Guardiola has congratularted Mohamed Salah on being named the Football Writers’ Player of the Year - but insists that Kevin De Bruyne will not be concerned about missing out on the award.

Liverpool striker Salah has enjoyed another fine season and is set to claim the Premier League Golden Boot as well as potentially four trophies, while going toe-to-toe with Guardiola and De Bruyne’s Manchester City side.

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But the coach does not believe his star playmaker will be upset at being named second in the voting, having claimed the gong last year - although Guardiola remarked that he might have been in the running if given a chance.

“Congratulations to Salah,” the Spaniard said.

“Absolutely not [will City be disappointed]. I was not in contention... I play good!

“[De Bruyne] has won it already so, congratulations Salah. Jurgen [Klopp] said they have the best keeper, the best second keeper, the best central defender, the best holding midfielder, the best striker in the world - so it’s normal they win all the awards.”

Liverpool boss Klopp signed a new long-term contract ahead of the weekend and Guardiola stated that he will not take the German’s situation into account when deciding his own future with City.

“Everyone has their situation and if we decide to stay longer, it’s because I decide not because my colleague Jurgen extended,” he said. “I don't see the correlation.”