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Man City midfielder Gundogan: Luck has Liverpool leaders

Man City midfielder Gundogan: Luck has Liverpool leaders”

Signed then for just £6.5million, De Bruyne has since gone on to establish himself as one of Europe's best players and his rise was clear when he returned to England with Manchester City in a £54m deal in 2016.

Kevin De Bruyne's travails at Chelsea are well documented. He was 20, and it was agreed he would remain at the Belgian club for the rest of the 2011-2012 campaign. He was sold to Wolfsburg prior to the 2013-14 season.

De Bruyne wrote for The Players' Tribune: "I am a brutally honest person".

"Before I came to Manchester City, I didn't really know what to make of this Raheem Sterling guy", De Bruyne said. So I thought, O.K., great.

This, however, wasn't the case.

In fact, after reading reports about Sterling in the English press, De Bruyne thought Sterling would be "a bit of a d***head". This, however, never materialised.

"In two seasons we've got 83 points with five games left".

"After the fourth game, that was it".

"They had really hurt me". I didn't get an explanation.

"In the end, I should have just said "thank you". They are a very good team and will take some beating in any competition they play".

Sterling has received a lot of bad publicity in his career - much of it unjustified - and De Bruyne has admitted that it led him to form an opinion on the former Liverpool man before meeting him. He had some papers in front of him, and he said, "One assist. Zero goals. Ten recoveries".

De Bruyne, then a 20-year-old, found himself competing with Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Brazilian global Oscar for a spot in the attacking triumvirate behind the striker in Mourinho's preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. And it's like - five goals, 10 assists, whatever.

"I think Jose was a bit disappointed, but to be fair to him, I think he also understood that I absolutely needed to play", he said. I've only played three. So it's going to be different, no?'

'It was so odd. You know, when you meditate?

"The way Rafa sets his team up, you can see he's quite happy to sit back, absorb the pressure and try and catch them on the break".

Coupled with his form on the pitch the England worldwide is one of the leading candidates for this year's Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year Award. But if you take football away from me?

"Jose called me into his office in December, and it was probably the second big life-changing moment for me".

De Bruyne confirmed that the erstwhile manager was ruthless in his approach when dispensing with the midfielder.



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