Leroy Sane hails Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola after winning PFA Young Player of the Year

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Manchester City winger Leroy Sane says Pep Guardiola is the 'best coach in the world'

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane insists his marked improvement this season is down to working with the "best coach in the world" Pep Guardiola.

Sane was voted the PFA Young Player of the Year by his fellow professionals on Sunday, in recognition of his 13 goals in 45 appearances this season.

The Germany international has become a regular starter for the newly-crowned Premier League champions and the 22-year-old believes he is prospering under the guidance of Guardiola.

Leroy Sane controls the ball
Image: Sane has become an integral part of Guardiola's first team at the Etihad

"He is, for me, the best coach in the world," said Sane. "Everyone can see that we've improved a lot and have taken the next step.

"He always tries to get the best and show us the way to play good football."

Sane fended off competition from team-mates Ederson and Raheem Sterling, along with Harry Kane, Ryan Sessegnon and Marcus Rashford to win the Young Player of the Year award, with Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah winning PFA Player of the Year in his debut season at Anfield.

"The Premier League has fantastic players and I'm really honoured to receive the award," said Sane. "All the other players who were also nominated played a really good season and they also deserve to win.

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 during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Swansea City at Etihad Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Manchester, England.
Image: Guardiola has guided Manchester City to both the Premier League title and Carabao Cup this season

"I have to just say thank you to my team-mates, staff, coaches and also the fans."

Sane, who joined City from Schalke in 2016, is enjoying his life in England and insists Manchester City is the ideal club for him to continue his development.

"I'm really grateful because the team is perfect," he added. "They are all really good guys and we work really hard.

"To play with fantastic players like we have in our team is great. Thankfully the club gave me the chance to do it and I enjoy it a lot."

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