Will De Bruyne become the Premier League's Neymar?


Will De Bruyne become the Premier League's Neymar?

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Kevin De Bruyne's top form at Manchester City has made the Belgian international a key member of Pep Guardiola’s starting eleven.

The blonde footballer, who topped the Premier League assists chart last season with 18, has extended his excellent form into this term with two goals and seven assists in 11 appearances as the Citizens remain unbeaten in all competitions.

Now De Bruyne’s agent Patrick De Koster is reportedly bent on using the player's form in bid to negotiate a pay rise equal to Neymar's earnings at PSG, according to the Telegraph. 

PSG signed Neymar for £200.6 million from Barcelona this summer, and are paying him £500,000 per week, while his teammate Kylian Mbappe earns £300,000 per week. This is still miles off the current Premier League standard where Paul Pogba is the highest-paid player with a salary of £280,000 per week with Wayne Rooney coming second with £250,000 per week.

But while De Koster is convinced that  his player's stellar performances are a sufficient reason for the massive salary demands,  he thinks De Bruyne is still some way off the football cream. 

"He can’t expect to win the Ballon d’Or at the moment, he’s still far from footballers like Messi and [Ronaldo],” De Koster said. “Everything will depend on how much he can achieve with City, there’s still a big difference now."

Meanwhile, the former Wolfsburg midfielder has insisted that he is in no rush to sign a new deal with The Citizens.

He said earlier: "Talks are coming. I'm patient anyway, I don't stress. I think I read something in the press, but I have time,”

De Bruyne is currently on £115,000 per week as his contract stretches to 2021.



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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 23 50 62
2 Manchester United FC 23 32 50
3 Liverpool FC 23 26 47
4 Chelsea FC 23 25 47
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 23 25 44
6 Arsenal FC 23 11 39
7 Burnley FC 23 -1 34
8 Leicester City FC 23 2 31
9 Everton FC 23 -13 27
10 Watford FC 23 -9 26
11 West Ham United FC 23 -12 25
12 Crystal Palace FC 23 -12 25
13 AFC Bournemouth 23 -11 24
14 Huddersfield Town 23 -20 24
15 Newcastle United FC 23 -10 23
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 -12 23
17 Southampton FC 23 -11 21
18 Stoke City FC 23 -27 20
19 West Bromwich Albion FC 23 -12 19
20 Swansea City FC 23 -21 17