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Antonio Conte: I don’t know why Chelsea sold Kevin De Bruyne, he is the complete player

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte witnessed the immense quality of Kevin De Bruyne first hand yesterday as the Manchester City midfielder played a key role in City’s win over the defending champions.

De Bruyne scored the only goal of the game and what a goal it was, as he linked up with Gabriel Jesus before powering a long distance shot past the helpless Thibaut Courtois.

After the match, Guardiola said, “Kevin De Bruyne makes absolutely everything. He is the most humble guy, I am so happy for him because I know how happy he is.”

The 26-year-old also won praise from the opposition manager, and Conte must wish Chelsea had never sold him to Wolfsburg in 2014 during the reign of Jose Mourinho.

“I don’t know, honestly, what happened in the past,” Conte said when asked about the sale of De Bruyne three years ago.

“But for sure we are talking about a top player, the complete player. He’s good – technical, fast, and he works hard for his team. He is the complete player.”

De Bruyne has 2 goals and 4 assists in 9 games this season, and his overall influence on games has grown since Guardiola began playing him in a deeper role than in the past. The playmaker now wins more tackles and plays more passes than at any point in his career, backing up the label of him being a complete midfielder.

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