KEVIN DE BRUYNE is the self–starting superstar who Pep Guardiola believes will only make himself better and better.
The Manchester City manager almost sounds in awe when talking about his brilliant Belgian.
Remember, this is someone who while making his reputation as the world’s best coach at Barcelona, worked with Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.
Not forgetting, of course, a certain Lionel Messi… yet clearly, Guardiola sees KDB as someone who ranks alongside all of them.
He points to his heart and brain to illustrate the midfielder is a man apart — one who does not need the gentle art of seduction to respond to new demands.
If anything proved Guardiola right it was last Wednesday, when De Bruyne was made captain against Real Madrid, then produced five fabulous moments to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 triumph.
In a season in which City have endured a series of missed penalties, he successfully stepped up, cool as ice, to convert the winner.
But Guardiola knows he does not need to dangle carrots in front of 28-year-old De Bruyne.
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