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Thursday 8 December 2016

De Bruyne can be as good as Messi, claims former manager

Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin de Bruyne’s old national team boss claims that the Manchester City new boy could reach the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

And Georges Leekens feels that the 24-year-old mdfielder, who joined the Blues for £54.5million a fortnight ago, only failed at Chelsea because he was too impatient.

Leekens handed de Bruyne (right) his first Belgium cap in 2010, when he was a 19-year-old playing for Genk.

And he says there is no ceiling to the capabilities of a player who was named the best in the Bundesliga last season after equalling the German assists record.

“I think he can go to the highest level,” said Leekens. “I mean on the Messi, Ronaldo and Eden Hazard level. He has already shown what he can do. He will grow. Wolfsburg are a good club but Manchester City is bigger and now it’s the big jump. He’s at the age now where he can start a big career at club and international level.”

De Bruyne is lined up for his City debut at Crystal Palace tomorrow, but it is not clear whether he will start or have to be content with a place on the bench after only joining his new teammates for the first time this week.

De Bruyne was labelled a “cry baby” by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who sold him to Wolfsburg when the player became impatient about not getting his chance.

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