In a move that has been rumored for almost of the summer, Manchester City have finally signed Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg for around £54 million.
De Bruyne was voted the best outfield player in the Bundesliga last season, told the Man City website:
“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.
“I think this is the most important for the club, the players and for the fans of course.”
City boss Manuel Pellegrini added:
“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.
“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.”
Wolfsburg had maintained for some time this summer that De Bruyne would remain at the Volkswagen Arena but eventually relented after the Belgium international rejected their efforts to renew his contract.
The German club’s sporting executive, Klaus Allofs, confirmed that the clubs were in talks on Thursday and said City had made De Bruyne an “astonishing” salary offer.
The 24-year-old, who sat out Wolfsburg’s 3-0 win over Schalke on Friday and was pictured at Braunschweig-Wolfsburg Airport on Saturday morning, returns to England just a year-and-a-half after leaving Chelsea.
De Bruyne was brilliant at Wolfsburg last season in the No.10 role, where he had freedom to roam. The problem with moving to City is that position belongs to David Silva and De Bruyne is expected to play wide on the right, a position that he was not successful in at Chelsea.
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