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 38 79 100
2 Manchester United FC 38 40 81
3 Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 38 77
4 Liverpool FC 38 46 75
5 Chelsea FC 38 24 70
6 Arsenal FC 38 23 63
7 Burnley FC 38 -3 54
8 Everton FC 38 -14 49
9 Leicester City FC 38 -4 47
10 Newcastle United FC 38 -8 44
11 Crystal Palace FC 38 -10 44
12 AFC Bournemouth 38 -16 44
13 West Ham United FC 38 -20 42
14 Watford FC 38 -20 41
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -20 40
16 Huddersfield Town 38 -30 37
17 Southampton FC 38 -19 36
18 Swansea City FC 38 -28 33
19 Stoke City FC 38 -33 33
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 38 -25 31