Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne hails ‘phenomenal’ Rodri as the ‘perfect’ addition to Premier League champions

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Rodri is ‘phenomenal’ and the ‘perfect’ addition to Manchester City’s team, believes Kevin de Bruyne.

The Spain international, who was signed for a club-record £62.8million earlier this summer, made his debut alongside the Belgian against Liverpool in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.

Rodri commanded City’s midfield in their win over Liverpool

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Rodri commanded City’s midfield in their win over Liverpool

The defensive midfielder was brought in to ease the Fernandinho’s workload and is seen as the eventual long-term successor to the Brazilian.

De Bruyne, who began to build his understanding with Rodri during the champions’ pre-season preparations, feels the new signing has settled in immediately.

The Belgian playmaker said: “He did really well. He’s a perfect fit for us.

“The way that we did transfers the last years adds up. You see a lot of young talent coming in willing to play our style. I think that’s what they’re looking for and he’s a perfect fit for us.

“I think he’s the perfect defensive midfielder for the way we want to play. Our defensive midfielder is a really difficult position. You need certain players for it and there’s not a lot of people who can do both sides of it.

“Obviously we’re very good on the ball. You can’t just be defensive, you have to be offensive also.


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“I think the way he’s performed in pre-season and in training has been phenomenal. To be the new guy and still be on this level is a good sign.”

De Bruyne is pleased to be playing a full part himself after his involvement in the 2018/19 treble-winning campaign was curtailed by knee and muscular injuries.

He has impressed throughout pre-season and is building his match fitness ahead of next weekend’s Premier League opener at West Ham – which you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT!

The 28-year-old said: “I’m feeling physically better than I did last year but we’re not there yet.

De Bruyne missed a significant part of last season through injury and hopes to make up for lost time in 2019/20

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De Bruyne missed a significant part of last season through injury and hopes to make up for lost time in 2019/20

“Sunday was the first game where almost all of the players played 90 minutes. Before we played 60.

“It was a good game to progress physically and next week the Premier League starts, so we need to be there.”

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