Sterling explains why he backed Kane instead of returning Van Dijk’s gesture in Player of the Year vote

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RAHEEM STERLING has snubbed Virgil van Dijk by voting for Harry Kane as this season’s Player of the Year.

Manchester City star Sterling is joint-favourite with Liverpool’s Van Dijk to land the prestigious award.

Sterling explains why he backed Kane instead of returning Van Dijk’s gesture in Player of the Year voteAFP2 Raheem Sterling voted for Harry Kane as his Player of the Year

Pundit Graeme Souness reckons Sterling is a shoe-in to win this year.

While fellow TV expert Gary Neville believes the crown should go to Van Dijk.

Liverpool’s Dutch defender Van Dijk has already revealed he voted for Sterling to win.

But City’s talismanic forward has not returned the favour, instead giving Spurs star Kane his vote.

And Sterling insists winning the award will not matter if City don’t pip Liverpool to the Premier League title.

The England star said: “It’s nice to be recognised on that front but, to be honest, if we don’t win the Premier League I don’t really want to be in contention.

“What I want to do is win the Premier League, win the FA Cup, then think about stuff like that, even though the awards are before that.

“Without that, it doesn’t matter much to me really.

PFA Player of the Year 2018/19 nominees

Raheem Sterling (Man City)

Sergio Aguero (Man City)

Bernardo Silva (Man City)

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

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“I voted for Kane. My vote for him is because he scores so many goals every year, he does so much for the team, gives so much for the team.

“I thought being around him in the national team, how he puts in his work, his work ethic, how he looks after himself.

“He’s always there, especially coming back from injury, as a professional I looked at him and that’s my reason for voting for him, seeing him on a day-to-day with the national team.”

Sterling explains why he backed Kane instead of returning Van Dijk’s gesture in Player of the Year votePA:Press Association2 Fellow nominee Virgil van Dijk gave Sterling his vote

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