Paris (AFP)

Midfielders N'Golo Kanté, Jorginho and Kevin De Bruyne have been nominated for the title of European player of the year, awarded by UEFA on August 26 in Istanbul, the body announced Thursday.

Chelsea partners Kanté and Jorginho won the Champions League together, the Frenchman even being crowned man of the final after being so in the semi-final first leg and semi-final second leg.

Jorginho rounded off his trophy season with a Euro title with Italy, while Belgian De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City, being crowned champion of England and going to the C1 final.

One of these three players, appointed by a panel of coaches and journalists, will be awarded on August 26 on the sidelines of the Champions League draw ceremony in Istanbul (Turkey), and will succeed Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich).

The award for the best UEFA player of the year will be presented to a Barcelona winner of the Champions League: Jennifer Hermoso, Lieke Martens and Alexia Putellas are all nominated for this distinction.

For the best coach trophy, Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea), Roberto Mancini (Italy coach) and Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) were selected.

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