The 26-year-old beat Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane and Thomas Partey to the prize.
The BBC received more than 650,000 votes this year – a record for the award.
“It’s a great feeling. I would like to win it also next year.
“I think there’s many [great] moments in 2018. The game against Tottenham was top and the game against Roma here was also unbelievable. I feel like I’m scoring goals, helping the team to get the points to be top in the league and that’s always a great feeling.”
What are you looking forward to in the coming year?
“Just to win something with the club so everyone is excited, everyone is happy about that, so I also try to push myself every day, to help the team win something.
“This season everyone wants to win something. So I think we will carry on until we see.”