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The Belgian centre-back, who scored the winner against Manchester United in April, has been at the heart of the Blues team in what could be a Premier League-winning season

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been awarded Barclays Player of the Season.

The Blues defender, 26, has been instrumental in the side's resurgence in form since their defeat at Arsenal in early April.

Since that 1-0 loss - which looked to have eliminated them from the title race due to an eight-point deficit from leaders Manchester United - Roberto Mancini’s men have been in fine form.

The club have conceded just once and scored 15 times in their current run of five straight wins.

The "noisy neighbours" started the season with a bang and led the league for large periods of the 2011-12 campaign despite limited success in European competitions.

A 6-1 thrashing of Manchester United at Old Trafford led many to believe they were certain to become Premier League champions this season.

City ended April with a jubilant 1-0 win in the Manchester derby to complete the league double over Sir Alex Ferguson's men - the goal was scored by Kompany from a corner just before the half-time whistle.

The club need to win at home - a feat they have failed to accomplish only once this season - against QPR to secure their first Premier League title.

The Belgium international won the Players' Player of the Year and Supporters' Player of the Year at the club's end-of-season award ceremony.