De Bruyne’s keen to keep winning with Guardi­ola

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KEVIN De Bruyne (right) hopes to win many more ti­tles with Manchester City and Pep Guardi­ola.

De Bruyne has been one of the stand­out play­ers in City’s su­perb Pre­mier League cam­paign, but Guardi­ola, their i nspi­ra­tional man­ager, was the master­mind.

City were con­firmed as cham­pi­ons, with a record-equalling five games to spare, af­ter Manchester United were beaten by West Brom on Sun­day.

The club’s top pri­or­ity this sum­mer will un­doubt­edly be se­cur­ing the ser­vices of Guardi­ola, who also over­saw a Carabao Cup win in Fe­bru­ary, for longer than the one year re­main­ing on his con­tract.

De Bruyne said: “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.

“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.”

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

The Bel­gium play­maker said: “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.

“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.”

Mid­fielder Ilkay Gun­do­gan also be­lieves the foun­da­tions are in place for sus­tained success.

The Ger­many in­ter­na­tional, who had been back in his home­land watch­ing former club Borus­sia Dort­mund play Schalke when he learned he was a Pre­mier League win­ner, said: “Al­though some of our play­ers have won it be­fore, it’s our first ti­tle as a group of play­ers un­der the new man­ager.

“We have de­vel­oped to­gether and there is a lot of po­ten­tial. What we all have to do now is to work hard and be­lieve in our abil­ity to keep suc­ceed­ing.”

City’s top scorer Ser­gio Aguero, one of the City squad to have won pre­vi­ous ti­tles, was pleased there were no fi­nal-day dra­mas this year.

Aguero fa­mously scored the in­jury-time win­ner against QPR in the last game of the sea­son in 2012 to se­cure the crown, while his 2014 tri­umph was also only sealed on the fi­nal day.

The Ar­gentina striker, scorer of 30 goals this sea­son, said: “This is my third ti­tle with City and it’s just a re­lief not to have to wait un­til the fi­nal day this time.”

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