Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Keeping Kev Happy Is Key to Success

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Keeping Kev Happy Is Key to Success

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KEVIN De Bruyne could be a world-beater for City next season - if they keep him happy.

The Blues midfielder was man-of-the-match and had a big hand in three of the goals as the Blues beat Real Madrid 4-1 in Los Angeles. De Bruyne took the corner which led to the opening goal for Nicolas Otamendi, set Raheem Sterling clear for the second with a clever pass, and crossed for John Stones to sweep in the third.

But there were times last season when it appeared he was not entirely happy with the new, deeper role he was asked to play by Guardiola - which meant he scored less goals but more than doubled his number of assists.

There were no signs of that in the LA Coliseum as De Bruyne outshone Real Madrid stars like Luka Modric and Isco. …

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