De Bruyne grateful for Silva as City pair achieve gold standard

De Bruyne grateful for Silva as City pair achieve gold standard

De Bruyne grateful for Silva as City pair achieve gold standard

De Bruyne, who is in the running for PFA Player of the Year this season, had his first taste of Premier League action with Chelsea in 2012 after arriving from Genk. The Egyptian only needs two more goals to equal the record for a 38-game season.

City face Liverpool in the first leg of a keenly anticipated Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday, with the Anfield encounter being billed by many as a showdown between De Bruyne and Salah - widely considered to the Premier League's standout performers this season. But who am I to say something?

"I don't think we can be afraid", he insisted.

"He is an all-around team player".

"It seems to me Chelsea's system of signing the best talent and lending it out to all points of the compass is bound by its very voraciousness to have serious weaknesses".

Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne has claimed that he only spoke to Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho twice during his entire time at Chelsea. "But it's going to need something special", De Bruyne said.

With the domestic title nearly secure, De Bruyne and the rest of the City squad can now focus fully on their bid to conquer Europe.

"The three in front, the way they play at certain balls, they are clinical".

"It's clear that City, with the things they have and the heights they have reached this season, their confidence is probably at an outstandingly high level".

"Obviously it's not nice if you see windows breaking, that's not a good thing, but I think if supporters do that (line streets in support) without being violent then I think it's OK".

"We try to pass the ball because we believe the players are football players to play with the ball and we try to let them enjoy [being] with the ball".

The Belgian star, now reputed among the world's best players, claims that he only spoke twice to the Special One, who was sacked the following season by the Blues after a awful start left them floating above the relegation zone.

"He is up there with Kane, me and David (Silva) for me". I was only 21 at the time - no one is going to play all the time at that age. I have no idea.

"I've got absolutely no worries whatsoever that he won't be at Liverpool next season". It depends on what people are looking for in a player. "Luckily I don't have to do that".

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