Man City new-boy Kevin de Bruyne has settled in very well at the Etihad Stadium and has more than proven that the £54m fee paid for his services has not affected his ability to perform at the highest level.
There is always a fear that a massive price-tag could act against a player, Angel Di Maria’s poor season at Man United last term perhaps being evidence of this, but Belgian playmaker de Bruyne has made a real impact in his first weeks at Man City.
De Bruyne picked up his third Premier League assist in two games on Saturday, when he slipped in Raheem Sterling for the second of his three first-half strikes against Bournemouth.
And the Belgian is just as confident about his young team-mate’s prospects and believes he and the former Liverpool man are starting to develop a lethal understanding.
The former Wolfsburg man, who spent a spell at Chelsea, has racked up four goals and four assists over the course of his first eight appearances for Man City and is keen to keep up his good run of form.
“It’s very different to two or three years ago. Now I’m playing at a higher level and I will only improve over time. I’m very happy with the way things are going and I just want to try to keep it up.”
De Bruyne was also glowing in his praise of young team-mate Raheem Sterling, who bagged a hat-trick in Man City’s 5-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
“He’s really good, he’s only 20 years old so there’s a lot more to come,” he added. “But he made the goals look easy today and that will only help his confidence.
“He likes to run deep and that makes it easier to find him, I’ll try to play that ball. Sometimes it will work well, like today, and other times maybe he will not arrive. But if he makes runs like that it’s good for me.
“If a player has pace like that it’s always an advantage.” De Bruyne added according to quotes reported by Goal.com.