Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Euro Chance to Impress Pep

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Euro Chance to Impress Pep

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Wilmots said: "Eden is the captain but we have many leaders in the team.

"I want De Bruyne to play in a number 10 role.

"He has all the qualities and will play with two other strikers."

De Bruyne has already gone a long way to overtaking Silva as City's most effective playmaker this season.

He's scored 16 goals in 33 starts - including crucial strikes against Paris St Germain in the Champions League and Everton in the Capital One Cup semi-final.

In contrast, Silva has endured an injury-disrupted campaign, which has been plagued by ankle problems.

He will miss the last game of the season against Swansea on Sunday, with doubts hanging over his long-term future as Guardiola looks to overhaul the squad he inherits from Manuel Pellegrini. …

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