Forward to wear No 17 after completing Manchester City move

The 24-year-old Belgian midfielder is now the most expensive signing in British history

 

Manchester City new signing Kevin de Bruyne will be wearing the No.17 shirt after completing his move from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.

The 24-year-old Belgian midfielder is now the most expensive signing in British history after Manchester City folk put a whooping sum of £52million for him.

The 24-year-old Belgium star, who spent two years at Stamford Bridge before heading to the Bundesliga in 2014, underwent a medical on Saturday ahead of his big-money move back to the Premier League.

"I want to reach the highest level possible as a player and I think the most important thing is that at the end of the season we can be happy and maybe have some titles," De Bruyne told City TV.

"I think this is the most important for the Club, the players and for the fans of course.

"I think in the last few weeks there was a lot of press, also in Germany. I kept on playing and training, I stayed professional at Wolfsburg and we were just waiting until everything was falling into place.

"Now I can just play football again and all the stuff, it stays in your head and it’s not that easy to be at 100 per cent.

"I think the Premier League is probably the best league in the world, and afterwards it would probably be Germany.

"I think in Germany I had a great time, a successful one-and-a-half years and we won some titles. Now it’s a new chance to be better as a player and hopefully I can do good."

De Bruyne joins the likes of Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph as new signings for Manchester City who have had a blistering start to the English Premier League season.

City coach, Manual Pellegrini  praised his new recruit while expressing his happiness at capturing the midfielder.

"We are very happy to have added Kevin to our team and I have no doubt that he will be a big success on his return to the Premier League," Pellegrini said.

"It takes a special footballer to improve our squad and I have no doubt that Kevin is certainly one of those – he has all of the mental, physical, tactical and technical attributes required to fit straight in.

"We like to play attractive, attacking football and bringing in a player like De Bruyne will only aid us as we fight on four fronts.

De Bruyne began his professional club career at Genk in Belgium before joining Chelsea after an impressive four years.

He struggled to nail down a regular place before Jose Mourinho sold him to Wolfsburg.

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