Manchester City defender Ruben Dias has been voted the Football Writers’ Association’s footballer of the year, it was announced on Thursday, reports AFP. The Portugal international was a comfortable winner ahead of Tottenham forward Harry Kane and City teammate Kevin De Bruyne. Dias, 24, has enjoyed an outstanding first campaign at the Etihad Stadium since signing for around £65 million ($92 million) from Benfica in September. “It is a huge privilege. Obviously I could not have done it without the success of the team,” Dias said in an interview with the FWA. Dias is only the third player to win the FWA award in his first season in English football.