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Paul Merson's Reaction When Kevin De Bruyne Signed For Manchester City Is Still Baffling

Paul Merson's Reaction When Kevin De Bruyne Signed For Manchester City Is Still Baffling

Manchester City's midfield maestro Kevin de Bruyne gave us another scintillating performance against Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.

The 28-year-old played a crucial part in both goals, scored by Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, and was a constant threat down the middle, cutting through Tottenham's defence with a number of sublime passes.

De Bruyne's worldie performance against Mauricio Pochettino's side got us thinking about the time Paul Merson made a snap comment about the Belgian midfielder when he arrived at Manchester City.

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Back in August 2015, Merse had a very strong opinion following his club record £55 million move from the Bundesliga, slating City's decision to splash such a huge fee on the player.

As we all know, De Bruyne went on to become one of the best midfielder's in world football, making the pundit's comments sound rather bizarre, four years on.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Sit back, relax and read Merson's thoughts on the signing of De Bruyne in a piece for the Daily Star:

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"Manchester City paying so much money for Kevin De Bruyne is an absolute joke." Merson said.

"I thought he was out of his depth at Chelsea. He never once went out on the pitch and looked like he belonged there. I don't think he could handle it - and now he's going to City for about three times what Wolfsburg paid for him. Not for me.

"He'll be on the bench at City for a start, because you can't change a winning team. Who does he get in ahead of? No-one. They're all playing too well.

"But he didn't like it when he was on the bench at Chelsea and he ended up getting bombed out because Jose Mourinho questioned his attitude.

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"Okay, he's had a good season in Germany. But there are only a few decent clubs there really, aren't there? It's not the Premier League.

"I just think their money could have been better spent elsewhere. They need a forward. Aguero and Bony are not enough."

Kevin de Bruyne has certainly proved his doubters wrong.

Topics: Manchester City, Football News, Football, Paul Merson, tottenham, Kevin de Bruyne

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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