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His move should help us to grow as a team: Kevin De Bruyne on playing with Erling Haaland

Manchester City signed Erling Haaland by reaching his £51m exit clause and a gigantic financial package to the German club Borussia Dortmund.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 4 June 2022 11:49 am

Kevin De Bruyne

Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has recently talked about his thoughts of playing with Manchester City’s new signing Erling Haaland in the 2022-23 season. The Citizens reached the Norwegian’s £51m exit clause and gigantic financial package to the German club Borussia Dortmund. 

While talking to HLN, De Bruyne said, “Erling Haaland is a top striker. His move should help us to grow as a team. Everybody expects a lot. They’ve always been looking for a number 9, but I think it’ll be good to have that striker that maybe scores 20-25 goals a season.”

Body needs rest: De Bruyne

In the same interview, he addressed how his body is ‘in decompression’ because of a long season which will be followed by a Nations League tournament. He expressed, “After such a tough season — and a week without training or match — the body is completely in decompression. To then play another four games in ten days: that would be asking for trouble. It is a succession of few moments of rest. And the body just needs it.”

The midfielder then opened up about his future plans with his national team as he is eager to play and does not plan to retire from international duty until after Euro 2024 at the earliest. “I will continue with the national team. I don’t know how long. In any case, until the European Championship in 2024 – if bad things don’t happen. We’ll see how I feel. Quality trumps quantity for me.”

“It is also difficult to find the perfect balance between the family and the life we ​​lead. My wife understands that, the children occasionally. They sometimes regret that daddy cannot be there. Later they will understand,” De Bruyne added. 

Kevin De Bruyne had another outstanding season where he scored 19 goals while dishing out 14 assists across all competitions in 2021/22. Along with winning the league, Manchester City reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup and Champions League. This was the second POTS award for the 30-year-old as he won his first honor in 2019/20. He is now part of a club of only four players who have received the award on two occasions. 


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