The Manchester City soccer club confirmed the final signing of a six-year contract with Kevin De Bruyne, a former player of Chelsea. The Belgian native midfielder was the main goal of City’s head Manuel Pellegrini for this year’s summer transfer period.
According to the BBC Sport, the club paid a £55 million fee (about $84 million). This was the second-highest signing fee of this summer transfer period after Manchester United’s £59,7 million (about $90 million) record for Angel Di Maria, the former winger of the Real Madrid club.
A new start for De Bruyne’s career
Thanks to his transfer to the Sky Blues, Kevin De Bruyne received a new chance to return to and to show himself in the Premier League. De Bruyne has already joined a few games of the PL in the 2013-14 season. Jose Mourinho, Chelsea’s current manager, did not add De Bruyne to the team’s main squad during the Champions League games later in that season.
In January 2014, De Bruyne left the Blues for the German soccer club named Wolfsburg. The German soccer team became the first club where all the potential of the 24-year-old player showed up. In the 2014-15 season the Belgian international took part in more than 70 games and made 20 goals. Furthermore, he created 112 chances during the last season. This was the second-highest result among all the European League’s players after Dimitri Payet from the Marseille club and his 135-chances score.
Manuel Pelligrini did not hide that his club will try to use all the potential of their new player in the next season, especially during the PL games. As Pellegrini said, the club needs “a special footballer,” and the 24-year-old player from Belgium “is certainly one of those.”
A summer of big changes
This summer’s transfer window was a time of big changes for the Manchester City club. Along with the Belgian international, the club has signed three more players. In particular, the British club has signed Raheem Sterling, a midfielder from Liverpool. Two more players, Nicolás Otamendi from the Valencia club and Fabian Delth from Aston Villa have also joined the main squad of the Sky Blues.