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Riyad Mahrez dedicates PFA award to his Leicester City team-mates

 
 Football News 24/7
 
Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez has won the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award. He and his team mates flew by helicopter on Sunday from Leicester after they had demolished Swansea 4-0.

Mahrez has scored 17 goals and made 11 assists in 34 league games to take Leicester to the cusp of the title.

The award was voted for by the Algeria inter­national's fellow professionals and he is the first African to take the award.

Mahrez, 25, held off competition from Tottenham forward Harry Kane, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet and fellow Leicester men Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante to win the award.

He was handed the prize at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday, hours after scoring in his side's  win over Swansea City as leaders Leicester moved to within five points of the title.

"Without my team-mates I wouldn't get this award," Mahrez, who joined Leicester from French second-tier side Le Havre in January 2014, said.

"And for my manager and the staff - without them I wouldn't receive this award and I wouldn't score. It's the team spirit, and I want to dedicate it to them.'

JB

 

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