Manchester City sign Kevin De Bruyne from VfL Wolfsburg
Vfl Wolfsburg star Kevin De Bruyne has confirmed his move back to the Premier League as the Belgian star has signed a six-year-contract with Manchester City as confirmed on their official site. It is said to be a club-record transfer fee, hovering around the £55-million mark, eclipsing the £50 million City shelled out for Raheem Sterling.
De Bruyne left Chelsea within two years of signing for the club in 2014. The Belgian was unhappy with the limited playtime he received as he felt he had what it took to be a regular first team player at Chelsea. After an extended transfer saga he was sold to Wolfsburg for a fee of £18 million.
During his time at the German club, he became a regular first team player and helped the team qualify for the Champions league by finishing second in the Bundesliga. He also played an important role in both the DFB-Pokal and DFL-Super Cup victories, as he scored in both those events.
The 24-year old winger set a new record for the most number of assists in a Bundesliga season last year, when he assisted 21 times and scored 10 goals himself, winning the Bundesliga Player of the Year award in the process.
De Bruyne wants to reach highest level possible with City
On joining the Etihad outfit, De Bruyne said: "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 manager Manuel Pellegrini also commented on his new signee revealing his excitement over finally getting the 24-year-old aboard.
“We are very happy to have added Kevin to our team,' the Chilean said. “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,” concluded Pellegrini
City lost their title to Chelsea last year, and have been improving their squad all around the pitch during this transfer window. They were linked with the player since the beginning of the transfer session when they placed an initial bid of £45m, but later on hiked it up to Wolfsburg’s asking price £74m
Pellegrin has already spent a considerable amount on this transfer window in signing players like Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph, Nicolas Otamendi, Patrick Roberts, and Kevin De Bruyne.
De Bruyne recorded more league assists last season (20) than David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Samir Nasri & Sergio Agüero combined (15). He created an impressive created 158 chances in 44 games for Wolfsburg across the Bundesliga and Europa League last season.