Manchester city The midfielder has signed a further two-year extension on his current contract, keeping him among the blues until 2025. The Belgium international joined City in 2015 for a fee of around £ 54million from Wolfsburg.
Experts and commentators were surprised at the amount of the transfer fee and viewed his signing as a risk by then city manager Manuel Pellegrini. The midfielder had suffered an unsuccessful spell at Premier League rivals Chelsea after joining the Stamford Bridge side on the transfer deadline day in 2012. The London Blues paid £ 7million to Genk for the 20-year-old and immediately loaned him to the Belgian club.
The following season, de Bruyne was on loan again, this time to German club Werder Bremen. His stint with the Bundesliga club was successful and de Bruyne made 33 appearances in total, scoring 10 goals in the process, and new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho told the Belgian he was part of the plans for the club.
De Bruyne returned to London in July 2013 but only made 9 appearances for the blues before moving to Wolfsburg in January. transfer window for £ 18million. He spent a season and a half in Germany, scoring 20 goals in 72 appearances, but it turned out that it wasn’t just his goals that caught City’s attention.
In August 2015, under the assumption that City were trying to sign him, de Bruyne referred to his unfortunate stay at Chelsea saying: “If an offer comes in I’ll hear about it and how much it is, but I won’t. haven’t heard anything yet. I wouldn’t go to England just to prove that I can play there. I don’t have to go to England. “
City signed the Belgian on 30e August 2015 for around £ 54million, the second most expensive transfer in British history, and pundits were almost lining up to score de Bruyne as an expensive flop even before signing for the club.
“Manchester City paying so much money for Kevin De Bruyne is an absolute joke,” raged Paul Merson. “I thought he was out of his depth at Chelsea. He never went out once on the field and seemed to belong there. I don’t think he could take it – and now he’s going to City for about three times what Wolfsburg paid for him. Not for me.”
So it’s fair to say that Merson wasn’t a fan, especially as his rant continued. “He’ll be on the bench at City to start, because you can’t change a winning team. Who is he ahead of? Nobody. They all play too well. But he didn’t like it when he was on the bench at Chelsea and he ended up getting bombed because Jose Mourinho questioned his attitude.
“Okay, he had a good season in Germany. But there are only a few decent clubs out there, right? It’s not the Premier League. Merson then claimed that Pedro’s signing by Chelsea was’ probably twice as good! ”
And fellow Sky Sports expert Phil Thompson has claimed the world ‘is gone’ when it comes to De Bruyne. “The amount of money they’re paying for this boy is absolutely insane,” said Thompson, then said, “He’s a good player, but is he a great player?” After writing his previous comments in the Daily Star, Merson, on the same show as Thompson, added: “I don’t see £ 50million for this player. I thought it was Lira.
Fast forward to 2021 and de Bruyne has not only become one of the best, if not the best midfielder in the Premier League, but also in Europe. The Belgian is set to win a third Premier League title with the Blues and has already won four League Cups and a FA Cup, was part of City’s historic treble squad and was instrumental in the success of the blues, and his stats speak for themselves.
In his debut season, de Bruyne provided 9 assists and scored 7 goals in 25 Premier League appearances. The following season, he doubled his assists total to 18, scored 6 and hit the woodwork 9 times.
De Bruyne played an important role in City’s success in the 2017/18 season, providing 16 assists and making 2,693 assists, averaging 70 assists per game. Injuries marred much of the following season, with the Belgian making just 19 appearances, but City still won back-to-back titles. Last season, he provided 20 assists and scored 13 goals, his highest total in a City jersey in the Premier League.
In total, de Bruyne provided 77 assists in the Premier League alone and his creativity was widely recognized in the game, earning him the PFA Player of the Year last season.
The midfielder said today that City exceeded their expectations, but it is evident that de Bruyne exceeded the expectations of those who predicted he would fail and £ 54million for a player of the quality of de Bruyne is a snip.
De Bruyne has been one of City’s most successful players since his arrival. His vision, anticipation and passing execution still need to be improved in the Premier League, and the contract extension shows how important he is to the club.
The king has not yet left the building.
If you want to laugh at Merson and Thompson making fun of each other, you can check out the video. here.