De Bruyne growing into leadership role

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Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne has revealed that he is getting used to being one of the team’s leaders, as he enters his fourth year at the club.

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The Belgium international, who has been sidelined with a knee injury this week, says he has improved as a player both on and off the field and now feels more comfortable being seen as a leader in Pep Guardiola’s side.

The 27-year-old has made 143 appearances for the Citizens across all competitions thus far. He has also racked up 35 goals and 57 assists.

“I have grown into it, being a leader,” said De Bruyne. “When I came here I was not the player that I am now, I didn’t have the same view.

“I came from Germany, I didn’t succeed before in England.

“When you do well, you train hard, you work hard, you get more leadership on the field. I try to do everything in my power to win the game.

“I’m more relaxed than Vinny [captain Vincent Kompany], but I try to do everything to win.”