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De Bruyne hails Man City transfer strategy after arrival of “perfect” Rodri

By James Richards

Published: 18:24, 6 August 2019

Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne has hailed the club’s “perfect” transfer business this summer.

The Belgium international was referring to the addition of Rodri, who he thinks will be a great addition to last season’s domestic treble-winning squad.

How good has City’s recruitment been? Five key things to know…

  • City won the Premier League title last season to successfully defend their crown.
  • The club have signed three players over the summer.
  • Rodri is the stand-out addition, joining from Atletico for £62.8m.
  • The Spaniard played in City’s Community Shield win against Liverpool.
  • De Bruyne described him as the “perfect fit” for the club.

Manchester City have continued their progress this summer by signing the extremely talented Rodri from Atletico Madrid.

The midfielder is the club’s marquee addition of the window so far, joining the Citizens alongside Angelino from PSV and Goalkeeper Zack Steffan from Columbus Crew.

De Bruyne has been very pleased with the transfer business conducted by the club this season and held special praise for Rodri.

“He’s a perfect fit for us,” he told the Standard. “I think 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.

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“I think he’s the perfect defensive midfielder for the way we want to play. Our defensive midfield 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. 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.”

Consistency is key

Manchester City are the club everyone is hoping to catch this season and many are splashing the cash in order to do so.

Manchester United have picked up Harry Maguire for a world-record fee for a defender, while Arsenal and Tottenham have broken their club transfer-records too.

Despite this, De Bruyne doesn’t think City need to improve but rather carry on with the same levels of performance they have managed over the last couple of seasons.

“You don’t need to be better, you need to be consistent,” he added. “At the end of the year, with all the competitions, maybe you don’t need 95 or 100 points.

“Maybe teams get more points out of each other and you win it with 85, just because the competition is that high. You don’t know. Maybe we need 102 points to win. I cannot predict that. We’ll see in the end.”