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> De Bruyne eyes golden era for Premier League champs

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KEVIN DE BRUYNE says Manch­ester City are ready to reign supreme in the Premier League for years to come un­der the as­tute lead­er­ship of Pep Guardi­ola.

City were con­firmed as English cham­pi­ons on Sun­day with a record-equalling five games to spare af­ter Manch­ester United crashed to a shock 1-0 de­feat against strug­gling West Bromwich Al­bion.

Bel­gium mid­fielder De Bruyne has been one of the stand­out play­ers in City’s record­break­ing cam­paign, but he knows Guardi­ola was the master­mind be­hind their tri­umph.

“Every­one knows he’s one of the best coaches in the world. To achieve what he has achieved in the game is spe­cial and to be part of a group of play­ers led by him can only help us to keep de­vel­op­ing,” De Bruyne said.

“He came in two years ago and changed the way we play.

“That ob­vi­ously takes time to adapt to but we’ve de­vel­oped to­gether and this sea­son is a re­ward for all that work.

“What we want to do now is con­tinue play­ing the way we have this sea­son and be­come even stronger. He’s a big part of that and hope­fully these can be his first tro­phies of many here at City.”

Backed by City’s Abu Dhabi-based own­ers, Guardi­ola has spent big money to bol­ster his squad and more re­in­force­ments are likely to ar­rive be­fore next sea­son.

But De Bruyne be­lieves the cur­rent City squad is al­ready well placed to build on this sea­son’s achieve­ments.

“It’s no co­in­ci­dence that the type of play­ers brought in over the last year or two have all been of a sim­i­lar age and we will look to build as a group to­gether.

“The feel­ing amongst the squad is great,” he said. “We have en­joyed the sea­son a lot but there is work to do if we want to achieve more in fu­ture.

“That can be the trick­i­est thing in foot­ball, to not only win but keep win­ning.

“Hav­ing such a young squad will hope­fully help us to achieve that.” – AFP

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