Manchester City leads the Premier League after the opening four games. And now the team has added Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne for £55 million.
City announced the De Bruyne deal on Sunday, and the player signed a six-year contract with the club. De Bruyne had a phenomenal season with Wolfsburg last season in the Bundesliga, scoring 10 goals and a tied Bundesliga record of 20 assists.
The 24-year-old Belgian international spoke to mcfc.com after the deal was finalized about his ambitions.
“I want to reach the highest level possible as a player and I think the most important thing is that at the end of the season we can be happy and maybe have some titles,” De Bruyne said. “I think this is the most important for the Club, the players and for the fans of course.”
This will be De Bruyne’s second spell in the Premier League after spending two years with Chelsea before leaving for Wolfsburg in January 2014. The attacking midfielder has taken huge leaps in his development, and it’s no surprise that City manager Manuel Pellegrini is delighted with the addition of De Bruyne to his side.
“We are very happy to have added Kevin to our team and I have no doubt that he will be a big success on his return to the Premier League,” Pellegrini said. “It takes a special footballer to improve our squad and I have no doubt that Kevin is certainly one of those – he has all of the mental, physical, tactical and technical attributes required to fit straight in.
“We like to play attractive, attacking football and bringing in a player like De Bruyne will only aid us as we fight on four fronts.”
City has already been extremely impressive in the start of the new season. The Citizens have four straight wins and tops the Premier League table. They dominated reigning champions Chelsea in the 3-0 win on Matchday 2 and definitely looks like the team to beat this season as the other contenders already have hit a couple of stumbling blocks.
With De Bruyne in the lineup, City can field a team that will strike fear in any opponent, whether it be in the league or in the Champions League.
Fellow Belgian international and new teammate Vincent Kompany spoke about De Bruyne to mcfc.com.
“He’s a phenomenal player,” Kompany said. “You don’t need to look at how he plays. If you go through a season he gets assists and goals and he’s always involved in everything that’s positive going forward. He’s a player who’s going to have a big impact.”
De Bruyne and Kompany have played together on the Belgian national team, so the club captain should have good grasp on how much of a factor De Bruyne can be for City.
City’s courtship of De Bruyne went on for better part of the summer, but the player never forced Wolfsburg to sell him. It was just a matter of the amount of money becoming too much for Wolfsburg to keep him.
City paid a new club record for the attacking midfielder, and De Bruyne is now the second-most expensive signing by a Premier League club behind Angel Di Maria, who cost Manchester United £59.7 million when he joined City’s cross-town rivals last summer from Real Madrid.
De Bruyne will have some time to adjust to his new surroundings as City’s next game isn’t until Sept. 12 due to the international break, but Kompany doesn’t think that the adjustment period will be that long for his new teammate.
“A lot has been said about the transfer, but really there are so many other big players that he’ll settle in quite nicely,” Kompany said.