Kevin De Bruyne | Skills and Goals | Highlights
Kevin De Bruyne (Dutch. Kevin De Bruyne, born June 28, 1991, Ghent, Belgium) is a Belgian footballer, attacking midfielder for Manchester City and the Belgian national team. Recognized as one of the best midfielders of our time.
Pupil of football clubs “Gent” and “Genk”. In 2008 he began his adult career making his debut with Genk. Subsequently, he played more than 80 matches in this team, winning the Belgian championship in 2011. In 2012 he moved to Chelsea London, but was immediately loaned to Werder Bremen. As part of the Bremen club, he became the best young player in the Bundesliga. Since January 2013 he has played with Wolfsburg. In the summer of 2015, Kevin became a Manchester City player.
The Best Athlete of Belgium 2015. In 2015 he was named the best player of the season in the Bundesliga, and in 2020 – the player of the season in the English Premier League.
Kevin returned to England on 30 August 2015 after signing a six-year contract with Manchester City. The transfer amount was 74 million euros, which made the Belgian the most expensive acquisition in the history of the club and the second in the history of the Premier League (after Angel Di Maria). On September 12, De Bruyne made his debut for the Citizens, replacing the injured Sergio Aguero in the match against Crystal Palace. On 19 September 2015, the Belgian hit West Ham United, scoring the first goal for Manchester City. From the very first matches, De Bruyne managed to become one of the leaders of the team, regularly distributing assists and becoming one of the leaders in this indicator (by the beginning of 2016, only Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil was ahead of Kevin). On January 27, 2016, De Bruyne was seriously injured, leaving for two months. On April 2, the midfielder returned to the field and scored a goal against Bournemouth. Four days later, he scored the first goal in a 2-2 draw with PSG in the Champions League quarterfinals at the Parc des Princes.
On April 12, De Bruyne became Man of the Match again, scoring the winning goal against Paris Saint-Germain, thereby ensuring that Manchester City entered the Champions League semi-final for the first time in club history, with a total score of 3: 2. On 8 May 2016, De Bruyne scored against Arsenal in a 2-2 draw.
On 10 September 2016, De Bruyne scored and assisted in the first Manchester derby of the season, which City won 2-1 with Kevin as Man of the Match.
17 September 2016 De Bruyne became the player of the match in the victorious match against Bournemouth (4: 0). The footballer scored the first goal, assisted in the fourth and took part in the second and third goals.
On November 1, in a 3-1 match against Barcelona, Kevin scored the winning free-kick goal, the last time Juninho Pernambucano had done so in 2009.
In total, in the English Premier League, Kevin gave 18 assists, breaking the club record held by David Silva in the 2011/12 season (15 assists), and also scored 6 goals.
On April 7, 2021, the club extended the contract with the midfielder. The new agreement will be valid until the summer of 2025.