Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has stated that Kevin de Bruyne should remain at Wolfsburg next season.
This is an interesting one. Normally, when a player speaks out about a reported target of the club that they represent, one could almost write the quote themselves without having read the story.
“He’s a top top player. He’ll make a real difference wherever he goes. Of course he’d have to fight for his place as we have some great players here already, but he’s certainly someone you’d love to have around. Of course, I don’t like to speak about rumours as that’s up to the club and the manager but bla bla bla…”
You know the drill.
However, it seems City striker Edin Dzeko has gone a bit rogue and decided to advise a proposed target of the Citizens not to join them… Or at least not yet.
Speaking to German website Kicker, the Bosnian striker said:
“Top players like Kevin De Bruyne won’t stay at Wolfsburg forever.
“Everybody dreams of one day playing for a leading international club. It was the same with me after we won the league in 2009 – I had the desire to do something different.
“Kevin has an advantage. Through his time at Chelsea, he knows the Premier League and knows that it’s completely different.
“A lot of players who excelled in other leagues have had problems here – take Angel Di Maria.”
Dzeko was perhaps hinting at De Bruyne’s early move to Chelsea which saw him flop at Stamford Bridge.
“I’m certain that Kevin has what it takes to play for one of the top clubs in Europe,” Dzeko said. “But he’s also aware that at these clubs there are 20 top players who always want to be on the pitch.
“Maybe it would also help him if he plays in the Champions League with Wolfsburg this season and takes another step in his development there.”
Kevin De Bruyne scored 10 goals in the Bundesliga last season while he bagged a whopping 20 assists. Whether he leaves this season or next remains to be seen. However, with numbers like that it’s easy to see why the Belgian play maker has been linked with a return to the Premier League.