The 24-year-old has enjoyed a superb first season in English football.
A beacon of consistency and a leader on the field, he has received widespread praise for the quality of his performances.
He has been a key figure in helping City win the Carabao Cup and Premier League title, and he says he is delighted with how things have gone - but insists he couldn't have done it without the rest of the squad.
"It’s a huge privilege," he said. "I’m very, very happy. It’s the same as always: obviously, I could not have done it without the success of the team – everyone in the team being able to deserve this award.
"Only by that was I – as a defender – able to be here to receive this prize.
"It means something special because normally, the ones who finish the plays are the ones getting the spotlight but me receiving this prize is a major example of our team and the way we work – the way we build our game.
"It reflects all the togetherness we have on the pitch, the spirit in the team and how we perform.
"With these players, for me to be receiving this award, it shows how we play like a family."
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