Manchester City hitman Edin Dzeko has advised Wolfsburg playmaker Kevin De Bruyne not to leave the Bundesliga side this summer, while simultaneously aiming a dig at Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria.
The Belgian international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League during the current transfer window, having shone in the German top flight last term.
He starred for Wolfsburg—bagging 10 goals and contributing 20 assists in 34 appearances as Dieter Hecking’s side both secured a return to the Champions League and lifted the German Cup.
Subsequently, a whole host of Premier League giants are understood to be interested in his services, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool all having been linked with a move for the 24-year-old attacking midfielder [Daily Star].
However, despite the prospect of being a teammate of the former Chelsea man at the Etihad Stadium next season, City forward Dzeko has advised the player not to swap the Bundesliga and to remain and continue his development at Wolfsburg.
“Top players like Kevin De Bruyne won’t stay at Wolfsburg forever,” the Bosnian forward began, speaking to German magazine Kicker [via Goal].
“Everybody dreams of one day playing for a leading international club. It was the same with me after we won the league in 2009 — I had the desire to do something different,” he continued.
“Kevin has an advantage. Through his time at Chelsea he knows the Premier League and knows that it’s completely different.”
Dzeko used the example of Di Maria—who has been tipped for a Premier League exit this summer, only one year after arriving [ESPN]—as an example of a transfer flop that should provide adequate warning for De Bruyne.
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“A lot of players who excelled in other leagues have had problems here,” he continued, “take Angel Di Maria.
“I’m certain that [Kevin] has what it takes to play for one of the top clubs in Europe but he’s also aware that at these clubs there are 20 top players who always want to be on the pitch.
“Maybe it would also help him if he plays in the Champions League with Wolfsburg this season and takes another step in his development there.”
Dzeko himself may not be at the Etihad Stadium for long, having been linked with a move to AS Roma [Manchester Evening News].