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Benzema, De Bruyne, Courtois make final shortlist for UEFA Player of the Year

UEFA has confirmed its three-man shortlist for the Player of the Year Award on Friday.

They are Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City and Real Madrid’s duo of Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois.

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Benzema topped the scoring charts last season in the Champions League with 15 goals, while teammate Courtois made a record nine saves against Liverpool in the final.

De Bruyne and co were eliminated by Madrid in the semi-final of the competition.

The final shortlist was compiled after a vote by coaches and selected journalists.

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In the award for coaches, Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti has been shortlisted along with Jürgen Klopp of Liverpool and Pep Guardiola of Man City.

The winners will be announced on August 25 in Istanbul at the draw for the group stage of this season’s Champions League.

Jorginho of Chelsea won the award last year after helping Chelsea and Italy to European titles.

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