Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Richard Buxton: Battle Royal between Salah, de Bruyne

Richard Buxton: Battle Royal between Salah, de Bruyne

"He came to the sideline and said he sometimes feels something; for me, that was enough for me not even to ask the Doc how he was, we immediately took him off the pitch. To maintain the level in the amount of games I have played, the amount of minutes, I am very pleased with that".

De Bruyne played just over two hours worth of action for Chelsea in the 2013/14 season before losing his place.

"De Bruyne has obviously been fantastic throughout the season and has adapted very impressively to playing a deeper role for City, which allows them to switch from defence to attack so quickly".

De Bruyne is also allowed to cast a ballot for the Young Player of the Year, and he voted for Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez, who has been a revelation since arriving from Ajax in a £42 million deal in the summer. "But it's going to need something special", De Bruyne said.

Star Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne said Mohamed Salah has been "unbelievable" this season with his goal-scoring form for Liverpool.

With their European dreams hanging by a thread, only an inspired motivational speech by Pep Guardiola and equally inspirational effort by his players will recover their hopes when they host Jurgen Klopp's men for the second leg.

He is also battling Mo Salah to be named both the FWA and PFA Players' Player of the Season for a string of superb Prem displays in which he has contributed seven goals and 15 assists.

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"It would help us if we win it against United".

But the £7million signing from Genk made just one more league appearance as a substitute before Blues sold him to Wolfsburg in January of 2014 for an £11m profit.

Not that De Bruyne is faring too badly, himself.

"I already saw [things like this] before. He deserves it. If it's no-one from our team, I think he deserves it", he told BT Sport.

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